Tribune News Service
Chandigarh, September 17
International rower Manjeet Singh, who was just lately bestowed with the Dhyan Chand award, was within the metropolis immediately.
Manjeet, who hails from Isa Panj Grian in Ferozepur district, is a DAV Senior Secondary School, Sector 8, move out and has gained his first medal whereas taking part in from town.
“A visit to Sukhna Lake changed my entire life. I had never thought of becoming a rower. I would come here (Sukhna Lake) daily to watch young kids rowing at a stretch,” he mentioned.
“After moving to Chandigarh, I was rather more interested in playing some field sport. But on friends’ insistence, I got myself registered with the Chandigarh Rowing Association (CRA) at the age of 16. My coach Arvind Sehgal saw me practicing for nearly two months and helped me in getting elected for the Junior National at Roorkee. I ended with winning a silver medal in Junior Men (JM) 4 category.”
He is without doubt one of the most adorned rowers of India, who had performed within the Beijing Olympics, 2008, gained two silver medals within the Asian Games, 2010 and represented India within the London Olympics, 2012. Over his Dhyan Chand award win, Manjeet mentioned it was the best honour of his life.
“If the CRA had not introduced me to rowing, I would not have been a recipient of this award,” he mentioned. Rajiv Sharma, basic secretary, CRA, honoured him with a memento.