Sans state-of-the-art amenities, Gurdaspur producing international-level gamers

Sans state-of-the-art amenities, Gurdaspur producing international-level gamers

Tribune Information Service

Ravi Dhaliwal

Gurdaspur, Might 26

When a single facility in a small place like Gurdaspur produces an Olympian, a close to Olympian and 50-odd worldwide judokas, the parable that solely large cities having state-of-the-art coaching amenities can produce worldwide sportsmen is comprehensively shattered.

The Shaheed Bhagat Singh Singh Judo Centre has develop into a conveyor belt of types for the Punjab Police, BSF, CISF, ITBP and CRPF to recruit top-drawer judokas.

The newest information from the centre is that Jobandeep Singh, Jasleen and Avtar have been included within the squad that can symbolize the nation within the Birmingham Commonwealth Video games this coming July.

The Olympian right here is Avtar Singh, who donned the Indian blazer within the 2016 Rio Olympiad. The close to Olympian is Jasleen Saini, whose hopes of constructing it to Tokyo, hinged on India’s participation within the Asia-Oceania championship in Kyrgyzstan in April final yr. Two members of the Indian contingent examined constructive for Covid-19, following which the whole crew was withdrawn hours earlier than the match commenced. Consequently, Saini’s Tokyo dream vanished into oblivion.

Profitable medals or taking part within the World Championships, Asian Video games and championships, Commonwealth Video games and championships, World Police Video games and World College Video games is frequent. The centre runs extra on luck and pluck and fewer on funds. Most ex-players are officers and infrequently do they assume twice about doling out funds to their judo brethren.

Curiously, Amarjit Shastri, the coach who has mentored scores of worldwide judokas, doesn’t maintain a diploma in sports activities teaching from NIS Patiala, which is obligatory for getting a job of a coach in India. Nonetheless, he manages to supply worldwide judokas.

He’s a tough activity grasp whose motto is — “In the event you assume you might be adequate, you have got began your decline.” He says he trains his boys solely on days ending with a Y. “There are two forms of sportsmen in my corridor. Those that discover excuses and those that discover a approach. I establish the previous and weed them out,” says Shastri.

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