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Nethra Kumanan eyes Olympics after World Cup bronze

Nethra Kumanan eyes Olympics after World Cup bronze

Samrat Chakraborty

Published: 2 Feb 2020 12:51 PM GMT

For Nethra Kumanan, the sailing World Cup bronze medal was

just a tick off the box, as she prepares to fulfil her Olympic dream. She made

a light work of the World Cup medal, which she bagged in Miami, United States

on January 25, as the Chennai sailor has set her sail towards bigger dreams to


The experience at the World Cup might act as a boost for the sailor, which comes right ahead of her shot at Olympic qualifying at the Asian sailing championships, slated to take place from March 15 to 22.

Image: Nethra Kumanan / Facebook

In an exclusive interview to The Bridge, the first

Indian woman to win a World Cup medal, spoke about her Olympic dream.

I have always had goals, of course the Olympic dream is

a big one, there’s always a goal to work towards it,” Kumanan said.

Kumanan was privileged enough to have family support as her

brother used to sail too and father helped her out by maintaining important


A brother who sailed is good moral support, a mother

who’s extremely proud and motivational and critical when required as well and a

father who does every bit of statistical analysis possible to help me,” she


Apart from the family support, she also feels they have been

extremely realistic in their approach towards her.

My family has been my biggest motivation, I think they are incredibly supportive, but also anchoring and realistic.”

Nethra Kumanan
Nethra Kumanan celebrating her bronze medal (Image: Nethra Kumanan / Facebook)

It did not take Kumanan too long to leave a mark in sailing as

she had picked up the sport only in 2011. But once Kumanan took to the water, there

has been no looking back for her. And

the sailor has went on to conquer new heights one after the another.

First started in 2011 if I remember right, started

weekend sailing went to nationals next year, being a girl, medalled early, and

been taking steps forward and backward ever since, “she said.

Kumanan also feels, as a kid, sailing was something that

intrigued her the most. She had represented India at the Asian Games in 2014

and 2018 and has also bagged quite a few medals at national events.

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