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Jeev is unfazed by pain

Jeev Milkha Singh

New Delhi: Jeev Milkha Singh is down but not out. Currently out of action, because of a finger injury, the 40-year-old golfer is still dreaming of winning a Major and donning the national colours in the Rio Olympics in 2016.

Jeev was in the capital on Friday for the announcement of the Subhkarma Championship to be played at the Noida Golf Course from December 21 to 23. Considered the most successful Indian golfer on tour, Jeev said he will participate in the tournament.

“I have a ligament injury in the index finger… I also have a bruised bone,” said Jeev, as he showed his bent index finger.

“You can see it is not straight. The doctors advised me to take rest for four months but I can’t remain away from the sport for that long… I can’t stop playing. I’m ready to play through the pain.

“I know I am risking it, but injuries and sports go together. It is a part of life and you have to take it in your stride,” said Jeev, who is to receive a lifetime achievement award at the Asia Pacific Golf Summit in Brunei in December along with Colin Montgomerie of Scotland.

“The longevity of the golfers have increased… People now work hard to stay fit. I have at least 10 years of golf left in me. I want to win a Major and represent India in the Olympics like my father did,” he said.