NANDA Srabani < Back  
Sport Athletics
CGA India   
Gender Women
Born 07 May 1991
Human Interest
Further Personal Information
Residence India
Occupation Athlete
Languages English, Hindi, Oriya
Sport Specific Information
Why this sport? She was encouraged to compete in sprint events by her father. "I had no formal training and I just started taking part in local events. Soon I realised that this is what I wanted to do."
General Interest
Hero / Idol Jamaican sprinters Usain Bolt and Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce. (mykhel.com, 24 Aug 2017; indianexpress.com, 03 Jun 2017)
Injuries In early 2016 she sustained a groin injury. (timesofindia.indiatimes.com, 06 Aug 2016; indiatoday.in, 29 Jun 2016)
Sporting philosophy / motto "When I began running as a kid, it was just for the pleasure of winning. As I grew up, it kind of became a purer pleasure because I realised there was a certain happiness even in the sacrifices, the sense of duty and the setting of the aim. It just takes a more focused approached when you begin doing this professionally, the training and the preparation, but for me, the basic idea never changes." (timesofindia.indiatimes.com, 06 Aug 2016)
Awards and honours In August 2015 she won the Best Women Athletic Award. (dnaindia.com, 08 Aug 2015)
Famous relatives Her sister was a district level sprinter, and won the 100m and 200m at the 2008 Junior Nationals in India. (firstpost.com, 23 Sep 2015)
Other information FOREIGN TRAINING
In 2017 she began training at the MVP Track & Field Club in Kingston, Jamaica. She was given financial support by the state government of Odisha in India, as well as her sponsors, to make the trip possible. "I have changed my technique a lot [speaking in 2017]. The start, the push and finish, all aspects have been fine-tuned but it will take some time. It is a huge experience and I am learning a lot." (sports.ndtv.com, 26 Jul 2020; scroll.in, 26 Jul 2020; olympicchannel.com, 21 Jul 2020; jamaicaobserver.com, 27 Jan 2019; thehindubusinessline.com, 11 Jul 2018; indianexpress.com, 03 Jun 2017)