World Olympic Day special: Bihar’s medal hopes in Olympics, what will end 40 years long wait

Arun Singh, Patna. For the players of Bihar at the Olympics, the medal dream is far from over, yet the search for Bihar is that of a single Olympian who can represent India in the Olympics. It has been waiting for the last 40 years. The last time, in the 1976 and 1980 Olympics, Bihar athlete Shivnath Singh made a place in the Indian team. Now in the next Olympics, will Bihar have a medal in the account? Speaking of hope, there are some names in the shooting including Shreyasi Singh.

Shooter Shreyasi Singh can qualify for Tokyo Olympics. However, Jamui resident Shreyasi, who won the gold at the Goldcast Commonwealth Games trap event, has been canceled due to Corona. Now they have to do better in the next qualifying tournament to go to Tokyo.

Junior athletes have fared better at the National in the last three years. National competition has started due to the installation of synthetic track in Pataliputra sports complex. Players’ union has also stopped being a union. Athletes are winning in national competition.

Ram Ratan Singh, an instructor who has done National Level One course, said that Bihar suffered damage due to the infrastructure being left in Jharkhand after partition. It was merely an astroturf for hockey. The archery center is in Jharkhand, while Bihar is waiting for it. This is the reason that after the division Jharkhand gave many Olympians in these two sports. For three years, players from home and other states had to face trouble due to having three athletics associations in Bihar. Many retired to athletics and many moved to Jharkhand.

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