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Star Indian athletes attend education workshop

Date : 28 Mar 2019

New Delhi, India, March 28, 2019: Top Indian athletes including sprinter Hima Das, heptathlete Swapna Barman and weightlifters Mirabai Chanu and Jeremy Lalrinnunga took part in an innovative team building exercise at the National Institute of Sports in Patiala on Thursday.

The exercise was part of an Athlete Education Workshop organised by the Sports Authority of India under the aegis of the Target Olympic Podium Scheme.

The workshop aimed at giving athletes insights into crucial off-field facets of their lives, like addressing the media after competition, drawing up legal contracts for brand endorsements, anti-doping guidelines and soft skills training about conducting themselves on public forums.

“This is the second workshop of the series and we are happy with the positive response that we got from athletes,” Sports Authority of India director general Neelam Kapur said.

2018 Youth Olympic Games gold medalist Lalrinnunga said: “I enjoyed all the sessions and I learnt a lot about things that I did not even know about. I have picked up a few tips on how to behave in a public forum in the skills workshop and would like to use that.”

Hima, who won three Asian Games medals last year in Jakarta and has already signed a few brand endorsements, said: “The contracts we get are so long I never read them. But today I learned which parts of the contract are absolutely essential for an athlete to be aware of. I will check those parts in all my upcoming contracts.”

Source: Times of India

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