CEO runs for Olympic slot - Ranjit Randhawa relocates from USA for athletics

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By JAYESH THAKER in Jamshedpur
  • Published 24.10.07

Jamshedpur, Oct. 24: A graduation from St Stephen’s, Delhi, and the CEO’s chair in a US-based software company would satisfy most. But for Ranjit Randhawa, a medal in Olympics is the ultimate goal.

This dream is what made the 32-year-old run for Jharkhand in the 47th National Open Athletics Championship and win the bronze in the 110m hurdles. Ranjit will be representing Jharkhand at the 34th National Games, too. But his goal is to qualify for the next Olympics.

“Yes, I’m keen to qualify for next year’s Olympics. I was living in California but returned home to take up athletics. I’ll be representing Jharkhand in the National Games,” said the son of former Olympian Gurbachan Singh Randhawa.

Athletics is not new to Ranjith. He was a national champion in 1993 and was adjudged the best university athlete in 1994. “I am basically a decathlete,” said the CEO of Medex Soft.

A Jharkhand slot seems strange for an athletic like Ranjith. But he does not think so: “Locations don’t matter. Moreover Jharkhand is a better place and the facilities are also satisfactory.”

Gurbachan, who trains his son, said: “My son’s name was missing from the Delhi contingent for the nationals here. A senior Jharkhand Athletics Association functionary showed interest in roping in Ranjit and he came here.”

The coming days promises to be extremely tough for Ranjith. Though he is the CEO of India operations for California-headquartered Medex Soft, he would have to travel to USA every now and then. If that was not enough, he would also have to take care of the company’s unit in Hyderabad and its office in Delhi, where Ranjith is based for now.