Swapna not thinking of 2020 Olympics yet
For heptathlete Swapna Barman, retaining her Asian Games gold medal in 2022 is a more realistic target than eyeing a podium finish in the 2020 Olympics.
At a felicitation function, jointly organised by the Calcutta Sports Journalists Club and City Life, Swapna shared her thoughts on the Olympics. “I have not dreamt of Olympics yet. I will dream of it when my coach asks me to,” said Swapna, who was handed a cheque of ₹51,000 in recognition of her Asian Games feat.
Swapna’s coach Subhash Sarkar has an achievable and unique target for the first Indian women’s heptathlon gold medallist in the Asian Games.
“If she wins the 2022 Asian Games gold medal, then it will be significant. No Indian has done it before,” said Sarkar.
“With 6,200 points, one can qualify for the Olympics, but to be on the podium one needs to score 6,7006,■00. Swapna will not have any problems in qualifying as she can reach up to 6,400, but getting a medal is tough,” the coach added.
Asked whether foreign exposure can help the talented athlete improve her performance, Sarkar said, “Since her speed is less in the running events, she can train under an expert to improve her speed.”
Y. B. SARANGI