Tribune News Service
Chandigarh, August 22
In his first interview with The Tribune on July 10, 2013, Sandesh Jhingan, 27, had mentioned his ambition was to attain the very best.
The brutal defender of the Indian soccer workforce has stood by his phrases and, for his sheer dedication to the sport and laborious work on the sphere, he has been chosen for the Arjuna Award.
Dreams do come true if you happen to work laborious. I used to look at this award perform on tv whereby awards are conferred upon gamers by the President. I additionally wished to be there, suited up, dealing with maybe nervous moments earlier than getting that coveted trophy sometime, not for myself, however for my dad and mom and brothers. – Sandesh Jhingan
Jhingan is the primary footballer born and introduced up within the metropolis to get the coveted award.
In 2010, Jhingan, was part of the town workforce, which gained the Dr BC Roy Trophy for the primary time underneath the teaching of former Indian workforce skipper and stalwart Tejinder Kumar. He was the one participant within the squad who was chosen from exterior the Chandigarh Football Academy (CFA) group.
His efficiency earned him a spot within the junior (U-19) nationwide camp and since then Jhingan has hardly missed a chance to showcase his expertise. A devoted trainee on the Sector 17 soccer stadium, he represented Shishu Niketan School, Sector 22, and St Stephen’s Academy earlier than transferring out to play for a number of golf equipment at junior degree after which on the Indian Super League (ISL).
“It’s a privilege to get this honour. I am happy that my relentless hard work has been recognised. Playing for India is not only satisfying but an honour that just adds to the responsibility. It means a lot to me,” mentioned Jhingan.
About his future plans, Jhingan mentioned after recovering from an harm, he was ready to don the Indian jersey again. “Covid-19 has delayed many things, including my return to the national team. I am also writing a book, which is a collection of short stories,” he added.