Olympics: Former sponsored child goes for gold

Wrestling champion Battsetseg Soronzonbold is representing Mongolia at the 2012 London Olympics.

By Enkhbayar Purevjav, World Vision Mongolia
Published August 7, 2012 at 12:00am PDT

Wrestling fans and child sponsors have good reason to follow the fortunes of Battsetseg Soronzonbold as she seeks a gold medal at the London Olympics. 

The 22-year-old wrestling champion started out in the sport while she was still a sponsored child living in Nalaikh, a depressed coal mining community in Mongolia.

World Vision runs a comprehensive development program in Nalaikh, improving health facilities and education prospects for children and helping parents to run small businesses to boost family incomes.

In 2007, sponsorship funds paid for the renovation of the gymnasium at the local high school where Battsetseg began to develop and excel in wrestling.

‘I was encouraged to be successful’

Under normal circumstances, Battsetseg’s family’s limited means would have prevented her traveling to major competitions, but sponsorship money provided the necessary funding.

Battseteg made good use of the opportunity, winning a string of medals in national and international competitions. 

“Thanks to World Vision staff I was encouraged to be successful,” she says.

In 2010, Battsetseg become the first Mongolian female wrestler to win a gold medal at the FILA World Wrestling Championships. 

Battsetseg will compete in the 63kg freestyle  wrestling event at the Olympics. Qualifying rounds for the event begin on August 8.

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