Bhubaneswar: Budding sprinters of the state Krushna Munda & Sukhi Baskey for being selected to get trained at legendary Usain Bolt Club, Jamaica. They are two of the 14 budding athletes chosen for this programme.
The club is known for training some of the world’s best sprinters, including Usain Bolt and Yohan Blake. For Munda, who was selected in GAIL Raftaar programme in 2016, joining the Racers Club in Jamaica was a dream.Munda hails from Mirinsinga village in Keonjhar district. Born to father Kanhu Munda and mother Budini Munda in a poor family, Munda got selected for the sports hostel in Bhubaneswar. Later, he started his career as a sprinter after taking training under coaches Nilamadhab Deo and Rajendra Singh at the sports hostel.
He won the gold taking part in 200 metre and 400 metre running race in the National School Sports in 2013. Munda’s father, a daily labourer, used to send cash for him for his daily expenses at the sports hostel with a hope that one day his son will make his State and country proud by excelling in sprinting.