India’s rising tennis star, 25-year-old tennis player, Ankita Raina, is all smiles as her winning a bronze medal at the on-going Asian Games in Indonesia is brought up.
“What I learnt from this tournament is that your best comes out when you are put in tough conditions. The weather was hot and humid. Several athletes were having health issues. I was playing in three events. Many players warned me that I will be dead tired and exhausted and won’t be able to give my best. But, I did perform well and fought well against players in the Top 50 in the world,” says Raina.
When asked how she managed to cope up with the weather, she says, “I knew there will be hot weather in Jakarata. So, I was playing a few tournaments before the Asian Games in South Asia. Secondly, being an Indian and having the experience of playing in the Delhi heat, it didn’t bother me that much.
Raina was in the city on the occasion of National sports day to launch a sports nursery at the PYC Hindu Gymkhana, along with Olympians Nikhil Kanetakar (badminton) and Manoj Pingale (boxing).
Sports nurseries aim to catch them really young
The sports nursery concept is a concept developed by Sundar Iyer and Mahendra Gokhale. The age group targetted is four and toddlers will be engaged in specifically designed programmes to improve motor skills, kicking, running, jumping and hand-eye coordination.“India’s failure to challenge sporting superpowers in the world stems from the absence of a concentrated scientific approach towards physical training and data analysis. This is because the emphasis is only on skills and not the proper development of the physical body,” said Sundar Iyer.