Wonder kid targets Olympic glory

High on ambition

Wonder kid targets Olympic glory

The 19-year-old gave India their first gymnastics medal since the beginning of the Commonwealth Games in 1930. After the bronze, he also followed it up by winning a silver in the vaults category.

“When I was 13, I lost out on qualification for the prestigious Tulit Peter Championship in Hungary by just 0.10 points. That was the second time I had not got selected and perhaps the first time I cried so bitterly,” Ashish said after he was honoured by the Chandigarh Gymnastics Federation.

“I was so depressed that I thought of giving up gymnastics. There was no point, I thought, after working so hard and failing to get selected. However, my parents motivated me and asked me to carry on. I think that was the turning point,” he said.

Now, his dream is to win an Olympic gold. “There was a stage when nobody thought India would get a medal in gymnastics. After that has been realised, I now have set my aim for the Olympic gold,” said Ashish.

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