Skater Harshveer Singh Sekhon, 16, brought laurels to the country by winning a silver medal in the 10,000 metre point-to-point Road Race event in the under-19 age group in the ongoing 16th Asian Roller Skating Championship at Haining in China on Thursday.
While speaking to the Hindustan Times over phone, Harshveer said, “I owe this success to my parents and coaches Nagender Nagi and Sripad Shinde who have always stood by me and supported me. It was a tough competition but I gave my best and emerged victorious.”
“I am more confident to carry forward this achievement and will work hard to repeat it in the forthcoming world championship. More than anything, I take pride in being an Indian and this medal is my tribute to my nation,” Harshveer added.
Expressing happiness over his son’s marvellous feat, Harshveer’s father said, “It is really a proud moment for me and entire nation. Years of hard work and discipline have finally paid off in a big way. What makes it a more joyous experience are the numerous congratulatory calls from relatives, coaches and friends that I have been receiving since morning.”
The Roller Skating Federation of India after evaluating individual performance of players in the country and have shortlisted 40 best skaters to be part of the training camp prior to the Asian championship. During the selection trials for the Asian championship at Mysore, he stood first in 10,000 metres point-to-point with 52 points. All eyes will be on him on Friday when he will be competing in the 20,000 metres road race event.