Our Sports Reporter
GUWAHATI: Army Boys Sports Company athletes of Army Sports Institute (ASI), Pune put up a sterling performance in the recently concluded Khelo India Games in Guwahati with a rich haul of 22 gold, 13 silver and 15 bronze medals. The games saw notable performances from Uttam Yadav in 1500m and local boy weightlifting prodigy Sidhanta Gogoi who will likely break into the senior elite this year.
The ASI boys were responsible for 4 new records in these games. Participating from their respective States, they were the major talent contributors to the two top medal winning States – Maharashtra and Haryana – with participation of 26 boys and 23 boys respectively. The achievements of Army Sports Institute are special as they participated in only five individual sports with a relatively small contingent. The premier institute is the conveyor belt to national camps in seven Mission Olympic Sports. It has produced some of the top sportsmen in the country. Current top players include world No. 1 wrestler Naib Subedar Deepak Punia and world medal-winning pugilists Naib Subedar and Amit Panghal. The institute is aiming towards maiden Olympic glory in the upcoming Tokyo Olympic Games.