Monday, August 8, 2016

With An Ailing Mother On His Mind, Dattu Bhokanal Rows Into Quarters At Rio Games

The ease with which Dattu Bhokanal entered the quarters of the men’s singles sculls is a contrast of the struggle going on within.

The 23-year-old's mother Asha Bhavana is sinking after having suffered an accident just before her son's qualifying event in Korea.
Dattu is worried that he may have to return to India, sell his house to get his mother checked by a specialist in Delhi.
The army took care of the initial treatment, his brother too is training for the forces, but her condition has reached a stage where private medical intervention may be the need of the hour.
The quarters are on Tuesday and it remains to be seen how Dattu handles it. His opting to train with the army coach than the national one has not gone down well with the federation.
However, such mental blocks did not stop him from finishing in the top three in his pool.
In the first heat of the day, he finished the 2000 m race in 7:21.67s, behind Angel Fournier Rodriguez of Cuba (7:06.89s) and Mexico’s Juan Carlos Cabrera (7:08.27s), both scullers who regularly finish 8-10 positions in World Cups, a stage where Dattu doesn’t even compete often owing to limited funds.
One hopes he can overcome this challenge and do India proud at the Games. Row away to glory Dattu!

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