SHE SET the track ablaze for India in the 1980s, winning many Asian gold medals and establishing records. One of the Asia’s finest 400 m and 800 m contestants, Shiny Wilson, however, felt that the contemporary athletes rather believe in short cuts to achieve.
A veteran of four Olympics, Shiny was in the City on Wednesday to attend a cultural function at BSSS College.
Being accused of changing lanes in the middle during the 800 m event of the 1986 Asian Games, Shiny still remembered those days. “Those memories are still fresh”, said Shiny.
A National selector now, Shiny said that success is not possible overnight. “I gave almost 20 years to the field. One should be clear that honest effort is the only way to get success”, said Shiny.
She said that athletes like Pinki Pramanik and Seema are doing well. “We can hope for medals from such athletes”, she hoped.
Regarding national meet to be held at Chennai from November 2, she said that it is an important event before Doha Asian Games. “As the best are to be picked from that event, it is important for participating athletes”, said Wilson.
Winner of best woman athlete at the SAF Games in Chennai in 1995, Shiny was dejected over the favouring of few games like cricket and tennis. “Even after representing and winning medals in number of international meets, track and field athletes hardly get any recognition.
However, players representing one or two international cricket matches saw the recognition overnight”, said the dejected Shiny.
She has represented India in over seventy events. Her passion for the track and field could be gauged from the fact that she became the Asian champion after having a baby. She views this as her greatest achievement. Her husband, Wilson, is also an athlete. Apart from her husband’s support, she attributes her success to the power of God behind her.
‘Catch them young’
ON BEING asked about the indifferent performance by athletes at the international level, national selector Shiny said that the policy should be to prepare athletes at the school level. “Like other disciplines, physical education should be a compulsory part of the syllabus,” she said.