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Punjab's loss is Haryana's gain

Athlete Om Parkash, who will represent India in the London Olympics, always had failed to find a place on the state team. Only the third Indian shot-putter to breach the 20m mark, he is a gem Punjab has lost to another state due to biased selection.

punjab Updated: May 01, 2012 15:27 IST
Kamaldeep Singh Brar

Athlete Om Parkash, who will represent India in the London Olympics, always had failed to find a place on the state team. Only the third Indian shot-putter to breach the 20m mark, he is a gem Punjab has lost to another state due to biased selection.

Crowned Asian champion in 2009, Parkash, who stands at six feet and seven inches at 23, should be a player to watch out in London. Pity that Punjab saw no worth in him in trials held at the school and college levels, in spite of his good performance.

Parkash's father, who was in the army, moved from Gurgaon to Bathinda soon after the boy was born. Parkash spent 12 years at the army school in Bathinda, and went to Malwa College, city's institution that has produced many good athletes. "Had there been no bias in selection, I would have gone to the Olympics as an Indian player from Punjab," says Parkash. "That honour now goes to Haryana."

Hindustan Times caught up with the athlete during his visit to the old college. Punjab dumped him first during the state trials in Jalandhar when he was in class 12.

On Monday, he was at the alma mater to seek the blessing of his teachers to win in London.