With the entry of Karate in Olympics 2020, Tokyo, this Delhi boy has found one more reason to look forward to practice sessions. Bhaskar Sen, a student of Sri Venkateswara College, Delhi University (DU) is happy that the International Olympic Committee has finally decided to include Karate in Olympics.
He says, “Unfortunately, martial arts doesn’t receive enough attention. Students like me have been representing the country at national and international level competitions. Recently, I won gold and bronze medals in US Open Championship in two categories. It was attended by 2000 competitors across the world. Despite victories like these, not many people hear of it. Thanks to Olympics, we will get a chance to shine now.”
Sen, who has been learning the sport since he was six, is also the Karate Captain in his college and is training ten students at present. Talking about his journey, he shares, “Karate was a part of our school curriculum, but I learnt it from my brother who is a National Level Champion. When I became the captain, I decided to start coaching students. Not only is it my duty to coach lower rank aspirants, being a third level black belt, it also helps me to hone my skills.”
The 21-year-old is now preparing for the upcoming Karate Premier League, and has to go through rigorous training to keep fit. He says, “It is a challenge to maintain a diet, especially when you are studying in DU. There is so much to eat at cheap prices in my college. Sambhar Dosa is one of my favourites and I can’t avoid it so I take an off from classes when competitions are nearby.”
Sen believes that the support of the Dean of Sports, DU has helped him to manage both studies and karate together. He adds, “The principal and Dean of my college have always motivated me and celebrate my victory on campus. I want to thank them as well.”