Swapna & big dreams

 Swapna Barman is “ready to dream” of an Olympic medal if her coach Subhas Sarkar wants her to see that dream. She is also ready to try heart and soul to clinch the heptathlon gold again at the next Asian Games. But before all that, and even before she goes home to meet her family — she is yet to do so since returning from Indonesia — Swapna wants treatment for her troublesome knee. 

By A Staff Reporter in Calcutta
  • Published 13.09.18
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Swapna Barman on Wednesday

Calcutta: Swapna Barman is “ready to dream” of an Olympic medal if her coach Subhas Sarkar wants her to see that dream. She is also ready to try heart and soul to clinch the heptathlon gold again at the next Asian Games. But before all that, and even before she goes home to meet her family — she is yet to do so since returning from Indonesia — Swapna wants treatment for her troublesome knee. 

She had a lower back problem and a grade three meniscus tear in the knee in the lead up to Asian Games. But that, and also a severe tootache, didn’t stop her from winning the gold medal in heptathlon in Jakarta. 
 
“I will go to Mumbai around September 24 (after the Ganpati festival is over). There will be a series of tests to see whether I will have to go for a surgery or rehabilitation. I need to take care of that before I can think of anything else,” Swapna said at a felicitation programme at the Calcutta Sports Journalists’ Club on Wednesday.
 
“I want to be fully fit before taking the field again. I have suffered a lot, but now since I have time, I have to heal my recurring injury,” she added.
 
Her coach Sarkar echoed her saying: “She needs to be fully fit first. Our target will be winning the gold again at the next Asian Games. And as far as Olympics go, the first aim obviously would be too qualify.”
 
Swapna, however, chose to tread the uncommon path when she said she is happy training in India. “I have offers of going to any place in the world for training. But if I have made so much progress here, I believe I can get even better staying in my country only. So right now I have no plans of going to another country for training, unless my coach asks me to,” she said. 
 
Asked if besides hard training, she also follows a strict diet, Swapna laughed and said: “Not really… But I do try to control my urge for sweets… I love sweets.”
 
Meanwhile, Swapna has been invited by the AIIMS Resident Doctors’ Association in New Delhi to treat her tooth infection and back pain.  In a tweet, the association said: “We invite Nation’s pride @Swapna_Barman96 The first ever heptathlon champion in asian games to #AIIMS for her treatment of Tooth infection & back pain. You gave smile on the face of millions of Indians, now it’s our turn to make you smile without pain & suffering @Ra_THORe”.
 
That’s sweet.