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And it’s GOLD!!

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The 6 feet 9 inch tall guy has done it again. But it’s a GOLD this time. Vikas Gowda the most successful and a passionate Indian discus thrower won a GOLD medal at the Commonwealth Games 2014 held in Glasgow, Scotland.

Born in the land of Kings (Mysore), Grew up from Fredrick Maryland, U.S. Ever since then, he has been trained by his father first, Another Former athlete and national coach of the Indian cricket team.  His strong desire and hard work is what has paid off for him today. His personal best throw in discuss is 66.90 meters which is also in the Indian National records. Few of his exceptional achievements are Gold medal at the 2014 commonwealth game, silver medal at 2010 commonwealth game, National record and 8th to finish at the London Olympics 2012. Apart from his sporting life, he has even completed his Majors in Mathematics from the University of North Carolina.

The pillar behind the success of Vikas Gowda is OGQ. Its they who believed in Vikas when no one else did. OGQ (Olympic Gold quest) is an NGO who has been Campaigning with ketto to raise funds for these aspiring and successful athlete to reach their goals. They helps to bridge the gap between the best athletes in India with the best athletes of the world helping them win Olympic gold medals.  Athletes like KT Irfan (speed walker), Vikas Gawda (discus thrower), Pooja Ghatkar and Ayonika Paul (air rifle shooters) were lucky to have the NGO Olympic Gold Quest supporting them, helping them get the training and equipment they sorely needed to prepare for the competitions.

KETTO feels proud to campaign with OGQ, which has helped these athlete to be the stars of their MOTHERLAND!

 More details on OGQ visit our ketto website

He’s Got The Power!

vikas gawda with flag

Vikas Gowda is one of four Olympic medal aspirants who, with the support of Olympic Gold Quest (OGQ), is campaigning on Ketto to raise funds and compete with  his international counterparts. 

The 6-feet-9-inches-tall Vikas Gowda has several feathers in his cap – a Major in Mathematics from the University of North Carolina, a silver medal at the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi, a national record and an eighth finish at the 2012 London Olympics. With an already luminous career, this 31-year-old discus thrower and shot putter is all set to make India proud at the upcoming Commonwealth Games and Asian Games.

You were the first Indian to ever enter the finals of a throwing event in the Olympics. How does that feel?

It feels good. I work hard and there is a lot that I want to accomplish.

You are a Mathematics Major from the University of North Carolina. How did you balance your time between academics and sports?

When I was in school it was tough to manage time. You have to prioritize and make sacrifices so you can succeed in both academics and sports.

How were you introduced to this sport?

My father introduced me to sports. He was a decathlete and national coach in India. I would go practice with him when I was a kid and that’s how I started.

Walk us through your training regimen.

I throw three to four times a week. I also lift weights, do sprints and plyometrics. There’s a lot of work that goes into preparing for the season.

How many hours a day do you have to practice?

I train a minimum of four hours a day but most days are about six hours.

What are the costs associated with your training?

There are a lot of costs associated with my training. Coaching, training equipment, access to facilities, supplements, proper diet, travel, medical, and rehabilitation require a lot of funds.

How would you compare the standard of training in India and that which is available abroad?

The standards in India are improving. Around the world it is very easy to access good training facilities. India has good facilities but not very many. When I was a kid growing up in Maryland, there were so many tracks and tennis courts, basketball courts, and other sports facilities within a ten-minute drive of my house.

What has been your biggest achievement yet?

I think my silver medal at the Commonwealth Games, making it to the finals at the London Olympics and winning gold at the Asian Championships in India are my biggest accomplishments.

How is crowdfunding important to you and other rising athletes?

It is very important. It shows the athlete that people care and want you to succeed. It’s going to help me bring my coach with me to Commonwealth and Asian Games.

Explain OGQ’s role in your life and career.

OGQ has played a very important role in my career. They believed in me when no one else did. Without them I don’t know if I would have reached this level.

What systems, structures and establishments do we need in India to give Indian athletes a better chance at winning at the Olympics?

I think the most important thing that can be done is making access to facilities easier. That will increase the talent pool and give India a better chance of winning medals in the Olympics.

Vikas-Gowda with gold

Changing The Face Of Indian Sports

Ours is a cricket-loving nation. That is indubitable. The past few years may have seen football gradually getting its foot in the door (pardon the pun), but in terms of mass appeal and interest, that’s where the buck stops. The field of Indian sports has rather narrow parameters today. The amount of support – financial and otherwise – is gravely lacking when it comes to athletic sports and games.

Interestingly, even the craze for cricket seems reserved only for the national- and international-level competitions. State and college-level competitions don’t get much backing nor spectator interest. Where there are lakhs being spent on televising international competitions, with investments in multiple high-tech cameras and whatnots, state level competitions see a miniscule percentage of financial backing and very poor media coverage.

On one end of the spectrum is the advent of the IPL, which gave cricket furor a whole new glamorous dimension.  And at the other end of the spectrum is our ‘national sport’ hockey, which sadly gets played to near-empty stands. It is unsurprising then that Olympic track and field sports such as shot put, javelin throw, discus throw and others like speed walking, luge and air rifle shooting have little backing and still lesser audiences. Even major sporting events like the Commonwealth Games and the Olympics generate meagre levels of interest among sports enthusiasts in India.

It is a sobering truth that Olympic medal aspirants who are immensely talented are struggling to match international levels of competence because they don’t have the kind of facilities and infrastructure their foreign counterparts enjoy. Athletes like Shiva Keshavan (luger), KT Irfan (speed walker), Vikas Gawda (discus thrower), Pooja Ghatkar and Ayonika Paul (air rifle shooters) were lucky to have the NGO Olympic Gold Quest supporting them, helping them get the training and equipment they sorely needed to prepare for the  competitions.

It is a crying shame that KT Irfan initially trained without a proper pair of shoes because he couldn’t afford them. Today, this athlete – who is also an army man – is a national-record holder. Pooja Ghatkar made the daring decision to pursue rifle shooting over a mainstream career, even though she knew funds would be a constant struggle for her. She won the gold medal at the Asian Air Gun Championship in Kuwait this March, amongst other successes. Ayonika Paul, an incredibly disciplined athlete, realised she couldn’t ask her parents to fund her sporting career. Today, she has won multiple medals in the Senior National Championships.

These successes and future ones are India’s for the taking. All Indian sports needs is for us to believe in it. All our athletes need is for us to believe in them. The way Olympic Gold Quest has. The way Ketto has. They way you can. Fuel their journey to the 2016 Olympics in Rio. Support these amazing athletes and pave a path for a brighter future for Indian sports.

Ketto’s initiative for Indian Sports: http://ogq.ketto.org  Donations can be made here:

Pooja Ghatkar: http://ogq.ketto.org/campaign/campaign_details.php?fmd_id=89#.U4WEFJSSxF0

Ayonika Paul: http://ogq.ketto.org/campaign/campaign_details.php?fmd_id=94#.U4WD_ZSSxF0

KT Irfan: http://ogq.ketto.org/campaign/campaign_details.php?fmd_id=93#.U4XFKZSSxF0

Vikas Gowda: http://ogq.ketto.org/campaign/campaign_details.php?fmd_id=92#.U4XFLpSSxF0

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