Vikram Ingale, Nikhilesh Tabhane and Dhanush Babu, scripted history at the ongoing 17th Asian Speed Skating Championships in Lishui, China by becoming a part of a very short list of Indian skaters to win an international medal. The three skaters surpassed all expectations to clinch a bronze medal in the 3000m senior men’s track relay event.

“…We are arranging for houses for those who already own cars, while those who don’t have a four-wheeler will get one,” he said.

He said the rewards were in recognition of the outstanding performance and dedication shown by employees in the last five years.

Skating in India is largely looked upon as a pass-time, a mere fascination for children. Over a long period of time that India has competed internationally in the sport of roller skating, medals have been very rare. Monish Lokhandwala from Mumbai has a silver medal to his credit at Asian Championships in 2001. That was the first medal by an Indian at the Asian level.

While winter sports is being played for a long time, in our country it is still fresh. The players don’t have much of a fan-following, but the sport is definitely growing with every passing day.

Speaking exclusively to The Logical Indian  from China, Dhanush said, “I am elated. Tomorrow is the medal ceremony and I cannot wait for it. Watching that flag rise will surely give me goosebumps. I hope this is just the start and we work together to achieve further milestones.”

(Reported by Logical Indian)