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Shubha has her eyes set on Olympics

SHE HAS no time for academics as her eyes are set on winning medals in the Olympics. Meet Shubha C of Indore who won 10 gold medals in the 35th MP State Swimming Championship. Amazing but true, Shubha won gold medals in all the events in which she participated. Shubha skipped her Class XI exam this year to prepare for the championships.

india Updated: Jun 05, 2006 14:45 IST

SHE HAS no time for academics as her eyes are set on winning medals in the Olympics. Meet Shubha C of Indore who won 10 gold medals in the 35th MP State Swimming Championship. Amazing but true, Shubha won gold medals in all the events in which she participated. Shubha skipped her Class XI exam this year to prepare for the championships.

 ‘Facilities should be better’

ORGANISERS OF the 35th MP State Swimming Championship might pat themselves for a successful event but Shubha is not satisfied with facilities.

"The pool is excellent but the administration is pathetic. There was no proper sitting arrangement, even drinking water was not easily available," said Shubha C. Her coach Mathew who, too was dissatisfied with the facilities at the championship suggesting improvements said, "We are not blaming. Event organisers should take care of each and everything regarding the championship." 

After a long time swimming in Bhopal witnessed an exciting contest. The 35th MP State Swimming Championship kicked off on June 1 with some low level events.

Among the 400 participants that came from across the State, it was Shubha C who attracted everybody’s attention in the pool. From the very first day, Shubha’s performance was outstanding and her consistency was reflected when she claimed the gold in each and every event she participated in.

Giving all credit to her team coach KT Mathew she said her dream was to win a medal in the Olympics. “I know it is a big dream but I am working hard and am confident about winning the medal in Olympics,” said a confident Shubha.

Shubha belongs to Bangalore but shifted to Indore a year ago. Having represented the country in four international events, Shubha felt Indian swimmers were very talented and had the potential of winning medals at the international level.
However, she suggested improvement in infrastructure and other standards.

Talking to Hindustan Times, Mathew appreciated Shubha’s parents for taking the bold decision of putting her studies on hold and asking her to shine in swimming. “Her parents set an example for others that sports has huge scope, the need is to give your child the opportunity to excel,” said Mathew.

Citing the example of Sachin Tendulkar, he said the cricketer could excel because he was given the opportunity to concentrate on the game. “If a child wants to concentrate in his game, give him a free hand to excel in it. If he wants to study, give him opportunities in studies,” said Mathew.

When asked about winning medals at the international level, he rolled the blame on the education system. “If you organise events during exams, how do you expect medals from the players. There should be policy on this matter,” said Mathew. About differences in the facilities being provided in Madhya Pradesh and Southern states, he said the State needs to do a lot more.

“Talent is available in the State, the need is to identify and give them the opportunity to demonstrate their potential,” he said. He expects Shubha to definitely qualify for the 2008 Olympics to be held in Beijing, China. “We are working hard for the 2008 Olympics,” said Mathew.


First Published: Jun 05, 2006 14:45 IST