BY OUR STAFF REPORTER
GUWAHATI, January 11: Country’s renowned sports persons like Virender Sehwag, boxer Mangte Chungneijang Mary Kom and wrestler Sushil Kumar said that a person must set a goal to get success in his or her life. Without any goal, nobody can get success, they said.
Indian cricket’s dashing batsman Sehwag, who took part in a programme at Don Bosco School here on Sunday, as part of the 19th tiol Youth Festival, said that parents should encourage their children to choose sports as a career. “Sports can make a person mentally and physically strong and now–a–days both fame and money can be achieved through sports,” he added.
Badminton player Jwala Gutta, mountaineer Arunima Sinha and the first Indian shuttler Dipankar Bhattacharjee, who participated in the Olympics, also attended the programme.
Manipuri pugilist Mary Kom, on whose life a movie was made, said: “I am preparing for the 2016 Olympics and my dream is to win a gold medal in an event like Olympics.”
“In our country, many women athletes leave sports after their marriage. This should not happen. We must face challenges,” adding, “Sportspersons should be encouraged by authorities concerned so that they can bring laurels to the country.” Olympic medal winner Sushil Kumar said, “Youths must embrace sports as their profession.”
Arunima Sinha, who is the first female amputee to climb Mount Everest, said, “Most of the people don’t have aim in life. People must set a goal to get success. Otherwise, life will become an aimless journey. Sports can also give confidence.” Sinha was a tiol level volleyball player who was pushed out of a running train by thieves in 2011 while resisting them. One of her legs had to be amputated below the knee as a result.