ACTION PUNJAB NEWS Desk: Legendary sprinter and Indian Olympic Association (IOA) president PT Usha on Sunday was conferred with the ‘Lifetime Achievement’ award by Sports Journalists Federation of India (SJFI) and Delhi Sports Journalists Association (DSJA) at the National Sports Club of India in New Delhi.
To honour her stellar sporting career, Usha was presented with a medallion, a citation and a memento on the occasion. The ceremony was graced by Guest of Honours Rajeev Shukla, Member of Parliament – Rajya Sabha and Vice President, BCCI and former Indian shooter Jaspal Rana.
PT Usha is the fifth recipient of the SJFI and DSJA ‘Lifetime Achievement’ award after tennis legend Vijay Amritraj, former badminton icon Prakash Padukone, India’s legendary cricketer Sunil Gavaskar and former sprinter Milkha Singh. Usha, throughout her memorable career between 1977 and 2000, won 103 international medals for India. She also claimed four Gold Medals and seven Silver medals in Asian Games, and competed across three editions of the Olympics.
Speaking at the event, Usha said, “I am grateful that my career achievements are being remembered till today. During my time, we did not have all the facilities that are available with athletes in today’s age – overseas training, nutrition, sports psychologist, and sports science among others. Now that I am working at IOA, our effort is to focus on the Paris Olympics. After that we will shift our attention to fulfilling Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision to make India a sporting power by 2036.”
“Queen of Indian Track and Field”
PT Usha, also known as the “Queen of Indian Track and Field,” has left an enduring legacy in the world of sports, particularly in athletics. Her contributions and achievements have significantly impacted the landscape of Indian athletics. PT Usha’s career is marked by numerous record-breaking performances. She won several medals, including four gold medals, at the 1986 Seoul Asian Games, making her one of the most successful athletes in the history of the Asian Games.
Beyond her athletic achievements, P.T. Usha has become a cultural icon in India. Her story is frequently shared to inspire not only athletes but also individuals facing challenges, emphasizing the importance of determination and hard work.
(With inputs from agencies)