“I think athletics is coming up well. Last Olympics, two athletes came in the finals and one was 10th. It is coming up well. May be, next time, good chance is there,” she said.
“Asian Games also this time, I think, India will do better performance. This time major competition is there. Asian Games, Common Wealth Games and even World Cup also,” added Usha, who is a recipient of Padma Shri and Arjuna Award.
Usha was speaking on the scenario of athletics in the country and the prospects of India in the major games this year. She further praised her pupils Tintu Luka and Jessy Joseph, saying that they are doing well and big things can be expected from them in the future. Both of them train at Usha’s academy in Kerela.
“Very well. Tintu (Luka) is doing very well now. And even Jessy Joseph is also doing very well. Tintu is holding the record in seniors and the other girl is also holding a record,” said Usha, who won 101 international medals in her career.
Usha further commented on coaching, saying that its tougher than just being an athlete. While also throwing light on her plans to set up similar academies in other states as well. She asked for support and infrastructure from the respective state governments to help her establish the institutions.
“After our academy is full-fledged, then I can start in other places also. In other places, we need more support from states. Now our academy is coming up. Result-wise, we are top. But, infrastructure-wise, it is coming up still. I need support if I want to start. My Academy is not for Keralites alone, it is for all,” she said.
The sprinter was present at an event organized by KOOH sports, a sports company which had organized a nationwide talent hunt for young sportsperson.Published 20 Jan 2014, 23:19 IST