Press Esc to close
Monday 01 May 2017
News updated at 9:43 AM IST

Facilities improving but not performance of athletes: Usha

Ranchi, Sep 8, 2013, (PTI) 12:30 IST
P T Usha
The facilities are fast improving for Indian athletes but that is not translating into better performance from them as they don't seem to have strong enough minds, feels sprint legend P T Usha.

"Earlier, the performance of athletes was good even though facilities were less then. In comparison, facilities are better now, but performance has not come up to that level," Usha told PTI here.

Recalling her career, Usha said the current lot of athletes wind up practice at the slightest bodyache.

"Because the mind is not strong enough, and a strong mind is required to excel in athletics," she said.

Asked to comment on Usha's observations, R Elavarasi, who won the 400 M hurdles in the 53rd Senior National Open Athletics Championships here yesterday, said a full time coach and sponsorship were required to match Usha's feats.

"(O R) Nambiar sir totally devoted on Usha didi's training, overseeing from food requirements to her training facilities while fully focusing on her training," Elavarasi explained.

Usha is apparently trying to emulate her reputed coach as she imparts training to 23-year-old Tintu Luka, who finished 11th in the last Olympics.

"If Tintu can reduce one second in her event, she can be among the medal winners in the next Olympics," Usha said.

Usha also suggested long-term planning for the revival of the golden era when Indian athletes Shiny Wilson, Vandana Rao, Ashwini Nachappa and herself dominated the Asian track in the 1980s.

"Sponsors and support come only after a better performance of an athlete, and not at the performing stage," she said.

"Academy for athletics in every state, accommodation, foreign exposure by participating in age-group competitions, systematic and scientific training, parents motivation, grace marks in schools and reservation for athletes in government jobs are some of the important long-term plans to throw up medal winners at the world stage," Usha said.

Go to Top

Photo Gallery
Laborers carrying bricks at a brick factory on the eve of International labour day on the outskirts.

Laborers carrying bricks at a brick factory on the eve of International labour day on the outskirts.

A laborer carries a sack of grain at a market on the eve of International labour day, in Bikaner...

A laborer carries a sack of grain at a market on the eve of International labour day, in Bikaner...

Roger Federer, of Switzerland, left, and Microsoft founder Bill Gates, right, celebrate...

Roger Federer, of Switzerland, left, and Microsoft founder Bill Gates, right, celebrate...

A decorated home at Bhilar village, India's first 'village of books' where Around 15,000 books...

A decorated home at Bhilar village, India's first 'village of books' where Around 15,000 books...

Bollywood actor Ranveer Singh during a promotional event, in Mumbai on Saturday...

Bollywood actor Ranveer Singh during a promotional event, in Mumbai on Saturday...

An elephant calf gets a shower on a hot summer day at Anna National Zoological Park, in Chennai...

An elephant calf gets a shower on a hot summer day at Anna National Zoological Park, in Chennai...

Indian team celebrates their win over New Zealand in their second match at the 26th Sultan Azlan...

Indian team celebrates their win over New Zealand in their second match at the 26th Sultan Azlan...

An albino peacock displays its feathers on a hot summer day at Anna National Zoological Park...

An albino peacock displays its feathers on a hot summer day at Anna National Zoological Park...

A helicopter carrying the body of famed Swiss climber Ueli Steck arrives at Teaching Hospital...

A helicopter carrying the body of famed Swiss climber Ueli Steck arrives at Teaching Hospital...

A security person keeps tight vigil as the vehicles loaded with official documents moving toward...

A security person keeps tight vigil as the vehicles loaded with official documents moving toward...

Like us on Facebook

Copyright 2017, The Printers (Mysore) Private Ltd., 75, M.G Road, Post Box 5331, Bengaluru - 560001
Tel: +91 (80) 25880000 Fax No. +91 (80) 25880523
Powered by Yodasoft Technologies Pvt. Ltd.