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'My daughter told me enough is enough, now come back'

Training at a national camp away from her small child is tough for any mother but newly-crowned Asian shot put champion Manpreet Kaur is facing an additional pressure —her five-year-old daughter has told her "enough is enough" and she should now come back to her.

Manpreet, who on Thursday clinched a gold medal in women's shot put at the Asian Athletics Championships, trains at the NIS Patiala with her husband-coach Karamjit Singh while her daughter, Jasnoor, has been staying with her paternal grandmother for the past couple of years.
Jasnoor stays at the same city — Patiala —with her grandmother but Manpreet rarely goes to meet her due to hectic training at the NIS and most of the time, she is being told about her daughter's well being by her mother-in-law. Now that Jasnoor is old enough to feel her mother's absence, she has been telling Manpreet to spend more time with her.
"Jasnoor will be six years in a few months and my mother-in-law looked after my baby from the very beginning when I started training when she (Jasnoor) was 10 months old.
I would keep speaking to my mother-in-law daily on phone to ask about Jasnoor," Manpreet said in an interview.
"She has started knowing things now, what is happening around etc. She knows my competition (at Asian Championships) is over but I am still staying back. She told me why I am not coming back. Come back, it is too much now, she told me over phone," said Manpreet when asked she was coping with her child being left out alone at home.
"Both me and my husband are not with her and so she feels it even though she is with her grandmother, that is natural.
What do I do, I have to do for the country also. I feel satisfied that I am doing something at least for the country.
It is worth the sacrifice," said Manpreet, who turned 27 on the day she won the gold to open India's medal account.
Manpreet, who sent the iron ball soaring at 18.28m, her second best throw of her career after a national record of 18.86m, represented the country at the Delhi Commonwealth Games in 2010 and then took a break of three years following her marriage and birth of her daughter. She returned to the competitive arena early last year and qualified for the Rio Olympics where she failed to qualify for the final round.
"It was a difficult period after the birth of Jasnoor. I have to start training slowly, step by step, because I have to be careful not to hurt myself which would result stopping training altogether. If there is family support you can do anything. I got the support from my family. That is why I am here today. If family is together it feels very good," she said with her husband by her side. She has a hectic training schedule at the NIS Patiala under Karamjit, also a former shot putter. "If I have wight training today, I will have throw tomorrow. Power work (weight training etc.) is more in shot put. In a week, there will be at least three sessions of weight training. "If I have to do morning and evening training both in a day, then a session will have maximum of two hours. If I have to do just one session in a day, then it is of three to three-and-a half hours duration," she explained.

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