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Srabani Nanda (Twitter pic)

from Odisha Srabani Nanda was over the moon on Thursday after learning she had been selected for 2022 Birmingham Commonwealth Games.
She is part of the women’s 4x100m relay team which also includes Dhanalakshmi, Hima Das, Dutee Chand, Jilna MV and Simi NS. It will be his third CTM and she can’t wait to make the country proud. However, the last three years have been a huge struggle for the Odisha sprinter, who returned from Jamaica last month after more than two and a half years.
She had left the country in October 2019 to train on the Caribbean island. She didn’t know then that she wouldn’t be able to go home for more than two years. But that’s exactly what happened when the pandemic started in early 2020. Even when she trained with Steven Fransic at Kingston’s MVP track club, she struggled to get along. with the country.
“The culture, the food and the people are very different. It was not always possible to go out and spend time with friends. The training was not always easy either because of the language barrier. Also, I missed all the social functions and love of family,” Srabani said. “Even the ten-thirty hour difference made it difficult to connect with family and others.”
Things were even more difficult at the height of the pandemic and her mother feared for her well-being. “It was very scary at first and my mother said I shouldn’t have gone. During that time I lost both grandparents on my mother’s side and I missed my parental grandparents a lot,” she added. “Thank God I finally got to meet them after I got back. They are now 95 and 99.”
Despite the difficulties, she stayed true to her training. “I trained from 4am to 8am and from 1.30pm to 5.30pm in the afternoon. Sunday was a rest day. I slept at least 12 hours a day as the coach and the manager said. remaining time was recovery,” said the athlete from Odisha, who enjoys painting in his spare time.
After things started to normalize after the first wave of the pandemic, she was one of the first Indian athletes to return to competition in 2020 when she raced at Velocity Fest in Kingston in July. The following year, she continued to compete in several events in Jamaica and the United States and was also considering a return to India ahead of the Olympics. But that was not to be the case.
“I had planned to come to India before the Olympics to help the relay team, but as the second wave in India was extremely bad, I had to cancel all my tickets,” Srabani added.
Eventually, she came back this year and competed in India for the first time since 2018. First, she competed at the Indian GP in Bhubaneswar where she won gold in the 100m and 200m. Next, she competed at the National Interstate Championships in Athletics in Chennai and won bronze in the 100m and gold in the 4x100m relay. But she is not satisfied with her performance and thinks she can go even faster.
“I could have done better and I’m still working on a lot of technical aspects. For now I just need to stay focused and stay in top shape,” said the sprinter who won bronze in the 4×100 relay. m at Delhi CWG 2010 and Asian Athletics 2017. Championships in Bhubaneswar.


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