Berhampur, Aug 31 (LocalWire): Dearth of quality government sports infrastructure seems to have not deterred several deserving weightlifters of Berhampur from following their aspirations.
With some private players chipping in, many sports personalities in the city and district at large have now brought laurels to their state by showing their virtues in the international platforms.
The 80-year–old Veer Hanuman Circus and Physical Institution is one of them. It has produced at least 10 International reputed weightlifters like K Ravi Kumar, Bijay Kumar Satapathy, Sushat Sahu, Prasad Mohanty, Tikina Gopal, Minati Das, Sita Jena and others.
Ravi Kumar had won the gold medal Commonwealth Games (CWG) held at New Delhi in 2010 and conferred the prestigious Arjuna award in 2011.
Satapathy, an Arjuna awardee, had grabbed the silver medal in the CWG held in Australia in 1982 and gold medal in the mini Commonwealth Games held in Australia in 1981.
Sahu, a railway employee, had clinched gold in the SAARC sports meet in 1990. Similarly Tikina Gopal had won the silver and bronze in the Junior and Senior Asian Championship.
Three out of four young weightlifters from Ganjam, who were felicitated by the government on the National Sports Day on Saturday were also taking training from the club.
“Berhampur has a long history in weightlifting, when several persons represented in the International level competition and brought medals for the country” said Ramesh Padhy, a former weightlifter.
All these persons were the members of the gym, which was established in 1940 with the assistance from the sports enthusiasts.
“We are very proud as the members of our gymnasium achieved at the International level,” said general secretary of the club Narayan Sahu.
“Our aim is to produce more and more persons from our club to compete in the International events,” he said.