| Shiny Wilson. Picture by UB Photos |
Guwahati, Sept. 3: Shiny Wilson, one of Asia’s finest athletes in her time, has no doubt regarding the potential of Assam in athletics despite an unimpressive record in the recent past.
Attending the 30th edition of Abhiruchi Sports Day as the chief guest here today, the former international athlete spoke on a number of aspects of the game.
The former Asian Games gold medallist was overwhelmed by the respect shown to first Arjuna awardee from the state Bhogeswar Barua on his birthday today. “I have never seen so much of respect and affection being shown to any sportsperson in India. For the first time, I have experienced this and it’s a great feeling,” said Wilson.
Asked about Assam’s failure to produce international athletes in the recent past, Wilson said, “There is no dearth of talent in the state. The state produced some fine talents and athletics is something which requires a lot of practice. One needs at least two sessions of training in the morning and evening respectively. On the other hand, the state is doing well in other games.”
The star athlete, who hails from Kerala, is currently based in Chennai working for the Food Corporation of India. She is also the vice-president of the Tamil Nadu Athletics Association (TNAA) as well as a national selector. Unlike some of the former athletes, Wilson currently does not have any academy on the cards.
“It is the hectic schedule at my workplace that doesn’t allow me to think about coming up with an academy. I am also the vice-president of TNAA as well as a national selector,” said Wilson.
Being a selector, regarding India’s medal-winning possibilities in the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics, Wilson said, “We are very good in the Asian circuit although we haven’t been able to do as well in the Olympics. I, along with P.T. Usha, won a number of medals in the Asian Games as well as other Asian athletic meets. It would be too early to say anything now. It’s hard but not impossible.”
Regarding what one needs to be a good athlete, Wilson said, “Hard work and practice is very much required and the rest will follow.”