Ex-Moga player navigates his way through drug addiction: The Tribune India

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Tribune press service

Kulwinder Sandhu

Moga, May 12

Until a few years ago, Karnail Singh, a 43-year-old resident of Charik village in Moga district, was fighting a losing battle against drugs. Today, he is a fitness expert and an inspiration to drug addicts.

In his twenties, Karnail started playing kabaddi, but he had to quit the game due to knee problems. While playing kabaddi for 10 years from village level to college/university level, he won many awards.

After quitting the game in 2013, he bought two trucks to earn a living. Unfortunately, he suffered financial losses in the transport sector. Depressed, he slipped into bad company and started taking drugs. Some young people introduced him to “chitta” and he even started to inject himself with chemical drugs. In a year, he wasted Rs 37 lakh on drugs.

In 2014, when his financial situation worsened, he even contemplated suicide.

In 2016, her mother suffered cardiac arrest and died when someone close to her commented on her addiction. The incident broke Karnail who decided to quit drugs.

“After I decided to quit taking drugs, I didn’t look back and slowly started to regain my physical strength. I joined a fitness club and it changed the course of my life. Later, I started training local youth,” he said.

Karnail said: “For eight years I have been cycling 30 km a day, in addition to practicing four hours in the gym. I also motivate and guide local youth to stop using drugs.

Karnail Singh said young people should not waste money and precious days of their lives on drugs. “Life is a wonderful gift from God. Therefore, young people should study, work hard to earn a living and live a happy life,” he said.

Took drugs after losses

After leaving kabaddi in 2013, I suffered business losses. Depressed, I took to drugs. In one year, I wasted Rs 37 lakh on drugs. — Karnail Singh, fitness expert

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