Jyoti Gawate, defending champion in the Indian women’s category in the Mumbai Marathon, was booked in one of the city’s most luxurious hotel along with all the elite athletes. But soon after the customary press conference, the 25-year-old shunned the official players’ vehicle and headed out with her coach and teammates towards the MLA hostel nearby.
Compared to the amenities at the hotel, the hostel room just has a bed and a few beddings where Gawate will have to share space with three others. But the daughter of a bank attendant in Parbhani has refused to stay at the hotel since she finds it difficult to adjust to the luxury and ambiance of the place, something most other athletes crave for.
A few years ago, Gawate’s coach Rajkatla Ravi had convinced her to stay in the hotel but the youngster could not sleep in the luxurious surrounding and ultimately ended up performing well below her potential.
“She feels comfortable when we all are together. Staying together also helps us to put in extra efforts while practicing,” Ravi told Hindustan Times on Friday. Gawate is back in Mumbai with the confidence of retaining her crown. “I am not thinking about anything but running well on Sunday,” she says.