PT Usha accepts Narendra Modi's invite to train Gujarat athletes

One of India's most successful athletes PT Usha will groom budding athletes in Gujarat after being requested to do so by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

By Dattaraj Thaly | Last Updated: Oct 20, 2014, 10:12 AM IST
PT Usha accepts Narendra Modi's invite to train Gujarat athletes

New Delhi: One of India's most successful athletes PT Usha will groom budding athletes in Gujarat after being requested to do so by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

In fact, it was last year when Mr. Modi invited Usha to help out young sporting talent in his home state.

The 50-year-old said: “Since I was busy with the Commonwealth Games and Asiad, I couldn’t do much. Now, I will be going there next month to help them”.

Usha boasts of a very impressive resume with four gold medals and a silver at the 1986 Seoul Asian Games. She narrowly missed on a bronze medal at the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics.

Usha also heaped praise on the sports infrastructure in Ahmedabad and Vadodara. “The selection trial will be held in main cities of the state between November 9 and 15.  We are initially planning to select 30 (boys and girls) in the 11-14 age group. Apart from this, 10 older aspirants will also be inducted,” she said.

It is a well-known fact Mr. Modi intends to enhance the sporting culture in India with the government even signing pacts aimed at helping provide athletes with better exposure and infrastructure.

Usha said she was committed to turn the PM’s dream into reality. She intends to implement a similar mechanism in Gujarat as that of Usha School of Athletics, which she founded in 2002 near her village in Kerala.

Usha's school has given the country some of its best athletes including Asian silver medallist Tintu Luka who won a 4X400 relay team gold at the Incheon Asiad, Sherbana Siddique and Jessy Joseph.

However, it has not been smooth sailing for Usha in terms of running her school with lack of funds. The Kerala government after allotting land for the school has not actively helped monetarily.

With her experience and ability, Usha's new endeavour in Gujarat is expected to deliver results provided Mr. Modi and the state government make sure they are in it for the long haul.