Anuradha blames postponements for missing National Games

Updated: Feb 11, 2011, 22:59 PM IST

Ranchi: Ace athlete Anuradha Biswal, who completes 25 years in the track and field events, on Friday said that too many postponements of the National Games had come in the way of her from taking part in the 100m hurdles for the fourth time.

“I thought there would be another postponement as the Games were postponed for so many times. Frequent postponements have disturbed my concentration and focus. So I have opted out of the Games,” 36-year-old Biswal told PTI from Bhubaneswar.

The Games were postponed six times leaving several players across the country either to take retirement or failing to get into their respective teams in time, Biswal said.

“100m hurdles requires cent per cent fitness and preparations. Several players like me have missed the chance to participate despite eagerly awaiting for the Games,” said Biswal, who made her debut in 1985.

“I am preparing for the next Asian Track and Field Championship,” Biswal said, when asked whether she had any plans of retirement from the track.

Besides winning gold in 2006 SAAF Games, bronze in Asian Championships in Jakarta in 2000, Biswal won three gold medals and one silver in the National Games since 1999.

She also won a bronze in the 1990 Circuit National Athletics Meet in Mumbai where P T Usha won the gold in the 100m sprint.

“I will watch the Games on TV,” Biswal said.