Take youngster Deborah. The 19-year-old from Andaman and Nicobar Islands, who took up cycling because it’s popular where she stays, has become one of the most promising juniors in India. “When the tsunami (2004) hit us, our family ran into the jungles for shelter. Our house had been washed away,” she recollected. Not only is she the reigning junior national champion, she also grabbed silver in the seniors.
After the Lance Armstrong scandal, the sport has taken a hit. But Sombir Singh, who participated in the CWG, was quick to point out that you can’t blame the sport for an individual’s performance. The federation also added the cyclists in the national camp are subjected to random dope tests.