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Suvana Bhaskar steals show in South Zone meet.

India doesn’t have a rich history to boast of in aquatics. But of late some of the Indian swimmers have kept the country’s flag flying at the International level compétitions with their outstanding performances. Suvana Chandra Bhaskar is not far behind to join that elite group as the 15year old young girl from Bangalore is making big waves in this sport. In the recently concluded 32nd South Zone Aquatics championship at the gachiboli stadium, Hyderabad, Suvana stole thé limelight, claiming 8 gold medals. In a tete-a-tete with IAsianews the rising swimming star confidently said representing India at the 2020 Olympics will be her main goal.

Q:Congratulions on your fabulous performance. How satisfied you are ?
Suvana: Its quite satisfactory. Iam certainly delighted with winning 8 gold medals. But again sportspersons should never get carried away. I would say this will definitely boost my confidence further to achieve bigger goals. At the end of the tournament I felt I could have been better in some areas.
Q:You mean to say lot to be improved to excel in bigger compétitions.
Suvana: I know where I made minor errors. I have to work hard on my starts and turns. We all know milliseconds matter in this sport. And here in Hyderabad the weather was cooler than expected. And i had some problems. But overall i am satisfied with the result. I shall leave no stone unturned to get better.
Q:What do you generally do when you drop down in timing. I mean how do you analyse to improve.
Suvana : Well learning and improving is a never ending Process. Unfortunately no regular tourneys happen in India. When we participate in Singapore and Malaysia we can judge better. And ofcourse coaches help us. Their costant guidance make us get better and better. The more competitions we get to take part thé better we become, though we train hard. And luckily training with stalwarts like Virdhawal, Srihari and Sandeep I could learn a lot. They are very friendly outside too. They are a big inspiration to most of the youngstars in India.
Q:But to get more time for Practice balancing studies is also tough.
Suvana : True. But my parents give me total freedom and my school authorities also support me a lot. I dont need to bother of it.
Q: Also heard of an interesting story of your entire family being into swimming.
Suvana : Yes it has had a big influence on me. Except my father all are swimmers in our family. My great grand father and grand mother from maternel side were big swimmers. My mother was too good. I have really enjoyed their support. Thé love for waters began when i was nine year old. Soon i attracted winning medals at junior level compétitions.
Q:Future goals ?
Suvana :Well immediate goal is to impress again in the ensuing Khelo India next week in Guwahati. First two meets were very satisfactory. And Khelo is a very good platform indeed for the budding talent. Then to participate in all the upcoming national and International chamionships. My main aim is to represent INDIA in the 2024 Olympics.

By Sudheer

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