New Delhi: Despite returning home empty handed, rower Dattu Bhokanal was one of the stars of India's Rio campaign.
Dattu gave his all despite his mother's poor health condition back home. Sadly, Bhavana Bhokanal met with an accident few days before her son secured his Rio quota in South Korea.
According to a report on Sportskeeda, her health further deteriorated during the Rio Olympics and that the family may now have to sell their house and village land to pay for her treatment.
“Hanji, yeh zaroor ho sakta hai (Yes, this is a strong possibility). My mother’s treatment was being done by the Army all these days, but now the Army doctor told us that they don’t have the adequate equipment to take care of her in the cantonment, and that she needs to be shifted to a private hospital.
You have spoken to me before and you know that is not a possibility for us. So we might have to sell our land in Talegaon, but I don’t want to put unnecessary pressure on bhai, let him come back,” Dattu's brother Ravi Bhokanal told the website.
Dattu crashed out of Rio 2016 on Tuesday. However, he gave a solid account of himself during the Games.
“We have spoken to a few people about it, if they can help us then great, otherwise we won’t have a choice. The treatment cost goes up in lakhs, the kind of money we don’t have,” Ravi further added.