By MK Ashoka
Bengaluru, July 20 (IANS) Shubha Venkateshan and Dhanalakshmi Shekar, representing India in the 4 × 400 relay at the Tokyo Olympics, are scheduled to board the plane on July 23.
With their experience in international competitions, the duo are convinced to win medals for the country.
Both sprinters are from the city of Tiruchirapalli in Tamil Nadu. They have been adopted and trained by the Alva Educational Foundation of Moodbidri in Karnataka.
When we spoke to IANS from the Indian training camp in the middle of rigorous training sessions, both sprinters shared their journey and ambitions.
Shubha Venkateshan started showing talent from the third standard at school sports meetings. When her grandfather saw her medal search, she took her to Chennai. Her performance was constantly improving, so when she reached class 12, she was selected for Indian camp and won medals at national level.
After noticing her talent, Alva’s education fund coach Abhishek asked her to attend their sports school. She was easily sent by her parents for further education in Karnataka.
“I was shocked when the selection for the Olympics in Tokyo was announced. I was so happy to qualify, my dream has come true. Training is going on and I want to do my best, ”Shubha explained.
“I have participated in 8 international championships and won medals in 3 of them. This experience on an international level will come in handy with me at the Olympics in Tokyo. Although I know that the competition at the Olympics is different, I will do my best, ”she said.
Shubha’s inspiration is the American champion Allyson Fellix.
She is studying BBA and she is also looking forward to making it to individual events at the Asian Games scheduled to be held in the 2022, 2024 CommonWealth Games and the next Olympics.
“Do not be afraid of anything. I tried for 12 years and got an opportunity to compete in the Olympics in Tokyo, ”she says young.
Dhanalakshmi started sprinting at the age of 13. Without training, she managed to participate in zone competitions. She only started getting quality education when she came to college.
“I could not give my best performance in 100 meter and 200 meter competitions. The coach asked me to take the 400 meter relay competition and I could secure my place in the Indian camp, ”said Dhanalakshmi.
“Do not be redirected. Believe in yourself. Through hard work, goals can be achieved, ”she said.
Both come from humble backgrounds and are now clearly aiming to win medals for India. “We have another advantage. The other two girls selected for the relay team are also from Tamil Nadu. There is better coordination and we want to make our nation proud, ”they added.
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