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Karhana's kin optimistic about him winning an Olympics medal

chandigarh Updated: Jul 13, 2012 16:04 IST

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Family members of Indian shot putter Om Prakash Singh Karhana, who qualified for London Olympics, said they are optimistic about him winning a medal at the games.


Talking to media, Vasant Singh Karhana, the father of the 25-year old player, gave details about his inclination towards the sport.

"He started his career with playing basketball and he has participated in various championships. After that he wanted to play an individual sport and that is when I suggested shotput to him. I was helped by one of my senior Army officers as I was in the Army to train my son and guide him. He then went to Bathinda in Punjab and developed his skill," he said.

Brimming with the confidence and hoping for his elder brother's victory, Paramveer Karhana said that his brother always worked hard to achieve his targets.

"I am very proud of my elder brother as he is on his way to make India proud by being selected for the Olympics. Ours is a small village, and it is a matter of great pride that my brother is participating in the reputed Olympics. He has worked really hard to achieve his targets," he said.

Karhana qualified for London Olympics last year at the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) by crushing a 12-year national record by athlete, Shakti Singh.

Karhana holds the national record in shotput of 20.69 meters and was training in Hungary for over two years for the international sporting event.

India is set to send an 81-athlete team to London making it the country's largest contingent ever at the games.