Shot putter Om Prakash Singh Karhana's family, said they are optimistic about him winning a medal at the Olympics. He has recently qualified for the games. Vasant Singh Karhana, the father of the 25-year-old-player, beamed as he talked about his son's passion for the game.
"He first started playing basketball and participated in various championships. Thereafter he wanted to play an individual sport and I advised him to get into the shotput event. One of my senior officers in the Army helped me in training him," he said.
His brother Paramveer Karhana was positive that Om would succeed in winning a medal as he always worked very hard to achieve his targets.
"I am very proud of my elder brother. He is on his way to making India proud at the Olympics. Ours is a small village, and it is a matter of great pride for us that he is participating at the international stage," he said.
Karhana qualified for London Olympics last year at the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) by crushing Shakti Singh's 12-year-old national record.
Karhana holds the national record in shotput of 20.69 meters and has been training for the Olympics in Hungary for over two years.
India is set to send an 81-athlete team to London making it the country's largest contingent ever at the games.