Pune Boy Wins Gold Medal at Gujarat National Games – Punekar News
Pune, 13th October 2022: Arhant R Joshi of Pune with Jinesh won Gold Medal in Pair Slalom Inline Skating Category at National Games 2022 held in Ahmedabad (Sabarmati River Venue), Gujarat.
It was the first time in seven years that the category of roller skating was included in the National Games. In the skating event, there were 11 other pairs from across the country.
Joshi said: “Preparation for the tournament started two months before the competition. There were a lot of challenges because our sport was not well known. Previously we had no funding so we had to self fund but this time Maharashtra Olympic Association sponsored our stay and trip. One of the main challenges was the outdoor venue, as it was very sunny. But, thanks to our practice, we were used to climate change.
He added: “It was a really great opportunity to be able to represent this sport at the national level. The next national games will be held in Goa, and the preparation has started.
In Joshi’s achievement, coach Ashutosh Jagtap played a crucial role. He prepared it and made sure the best performance was delivered.
Coach Ashutosh said: “We trained for six to seven hours a day and had a proper training schedule. Appropriate sports nutrition and physical training have been implemented. There were camps organized to prepare for the game routine.
He added: “I am very happy with the inclusion of skating in the National Games, as previously it was only a demonstration sport. We have already started training for international matches.
Joshi has been a skateboarder for 18 years. He has been practicing and competing professionally in freestyle skating for about 11 years now. He has many medals and awards to his credit.
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