Usha seeks Tata's help for her academy

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Jamshedpur, Jan 6 (UNI) Former sprint queen P T Usha has sought steel major Tata Steel's support for her residential sports academy 'Usha School of Athletics' at Calicut.

Usha, who came here to take part in the Tata Steel Centenary Run, talked to company managing director B Muthuraman, who reportedly asked the former Olympian to submit a detail of her project.

''Mr Muthuraman had given a patient hearing and promised to look into the matter,'' the legendary athlete said.

Usha said, Tata Steel had a good track record to promote sports and if the company extended its help to her academy she could produce athletes, who could win medals for 2012 London Olympics.

She, however, said the Tata Athletics Academy (TAA) had failed to produce top athletics and the performance was not up to the mark. Usha attributed the reasons for TAA's below par performance due to induction of athletics from national champions pool but observed that the athletes should be groomed from the tender age.

''In my academy I recruit the girls at their tender age of 11-12 years and they are being picked up from grass-root levels,'' Usha, who missed the 1984 Olympic medal narrowly,said.

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