Srabani Nanda trains with Jamaican sprinter Shelly-Ann Fraser at MVP Track Club

Written by: Sujata Sarkar
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New Delhi, Dec 8: Srabani Nanda, the leading female athlete from Odisha, who had participated in Rio Olympics has got a golden opportunity to train at MVP Track Club in Jamaica.

This club is known for legendary female sprinter Shelly-Ann-Fraser Pryce. Pryce, who won three consecutive Olympics gold medals in 100 meters at Bejing, London and in Rio, trains at this club.

Srabani Nanda trains at Jamaican sprinter Shelly-Ann Fraser’s MVP Track Club

Interestingly, other athletes as well as common people stand still when Fraser-Pryce trains with another legendary sprinter Aasafa Powell on the same track at this club.

According to information provided by chief national athletics coach Tarun Saha, the Odisha sprinter will be training at MVP Track Club for next five months till May next year.

Saha said on Wednesday (Dec 7),"We had an offer actually, but it was informal. In Rio Olympics, Srabani, one of the ardent fans of Fraser-Pryce, could meet the Jamaican legend and asked her for advices. From that brief conversation, Srabani got an informal offer to train at MVP Track Club."

But the interesting part in the whole incident is that, it was Odisha Sports Ministry who took a huge initiative for Srabani, after the girl returned from Rio and conveyed messages which she had with Fraser-Pryce.

According to Saha,"I have never heard any state sports ministry, taking such initiative and spending all the required money for athletics. Thanks to Odisha sports ministry for its tremendous support. Otherwise it would not have been possible for Srabani to go to Jamaica.”

Incidentally, Saha who has also fled for Kingston on Wednesday night, added, “I am having telephonic conversation with Srabani almost every day. Yesterday, she said Fraser-Pryce has also begun training and they also exchanged courtesy after the end of training.”

Srabani is training in three shifts a day under the coach Paul Francis. According to Saha, his student will be competing in the Asian Championship after returning from Jamaica and then review her performance before taking decision whether to train in Jamaica again.

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