Prior to the start of the Asian Games, Heena Sidhu had had to spend some sleepless night. The dates of her BDS (Bachelor of Dental Surgery) exams were affecting her training.
The final exams were from November 11 and her event (10m air pistol) was on November 14. The bid to win glory for the country would have made her skip two exams on November 11 and 15, and that would have meant another six months to acquire the degree.
"Earlier also, I had skipped my final exams because of shooting commitments. Shooting is my passion but at the same time I want to be a doctor," Heena had said before leaving for the Games.
There was no way Heena would have skipped the Games as she had been toiling for two years. She requested her college, Ganga Sagar Medical College for Dental Studies, to ask the university to postpone the exams. However, the university refused to entertain the plea.
Finally, a fellow shooter gave her a copy of the human resource development ministry's 1987 notification, stating that a school, college or university has to accommodate a student if his/her examinations dates clash with a national or international tournament. In such a case, it is mandatory to postpone or advance the exams.
After producing the notification, Heena, who had a team gold and an individual silver at the Commonwealth Games, was freed of the tension and was able to concentrate on training.
After returning from the Games, it will back to the books. Her exams start from December 1.