Manjit Singh, a resident of border village of Ise Panjgari under Guruharsahai sub-division, on Sunday became fourth local sportsperson to represent the country the London Olympics.
Manjit Singh participated in lightweight double scull rowing event at Korea to qualify for the Olympics on Sunday. His bronze medal winning effort at the qualifier helped him clinch the Olympic berth.
As the news spread, family members and friends thronged his house to convey their greetings. Manjit had won two medals in the Asian Games besides representing the country in the Beijing Olympics in 2008.
Ferozepur deputy commissioner S Karuna Raju also congratulated Manjit Singh and his family. Congratulating Manjit and his family members, Shiromani Akali Dal leader Verdev Singh Mann said he had brought laurels to the backward area despite lack of basic coaching and other facilities. He would become a role model for other local youth to make their future with hard work and dedication, said Mann.
Manjit would be accorded a warm welcome besides due honour from the government on his arrival at home, the SAD leader said.
Youths from the border areas are rich in talent and the need of the hour is to channelise their energy into nation building in general and sports in particular, the SAD leader said.
The achievement of Manjit is a matter of pride for residents of Ferozepur as well as the state, Ferozepur district sports officer Sunil Sharma said.
Earlier, Ferozepur resident and ace shooter Ronjon Sodhi and Manav Sandhu of Ratta Khera had qualified for the Olympics in the double trap and trap event, respectively.
Gurbaaj Singh of Malsiyan village in Zira was recently elevated as captain of the national hockey team, which had also secured a place in the Olympics.