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2003 Indian Speed Skating Championships
by Pushkar Kulkarni
Winners of the 500 meter track event in the open category at
the 2003 National Speed Skating Championships of India. From left
to right: Pushkar Kulkarni of Maharashtra, Subodh Patil of Andhra, Flyod of Gujrat
and Mr G. R. K Prasad Secretary of Roller Skating Federation of India
The National Speed Skating Championships of India
were held in Kolkata (formerly known as Calcutta),
the capital of the Indian State of West Bengal.
The events were conducted on a newly built 125 meter flat
track in the Salt Lake City area of Kolkata.
The primary sponsor of the event was
Jonex and Company, India's largest skate manufacturing company.
Skaters from the State of Maharashtra bagged the over
speed championships followed by the skaters from the state
of Andhara Pradesh.
Subodh of Andhra Pradesh proved to be fastest on track,
followed by Pushkar of Maharashtra.
In road events it was Aabas who raced his team Mate Ravi
In girls section it was Varsha, Vihangi, Kushboo
and Heer who had a keen tussle to prove themselves
Mr. Pradeep Ganeriwal, president of the Indian Roller Skating
Federation is confident the Indian skaters will receive
medals at the Asian Championshiops in September, and he is also
sure the Indians ranking will improve drastically at
the forthcoming World Championships in November.
Camp After the Nationals
After the national championships, the third annual camp to
prepare the Indian skaters for the Asian and World
Champiionships was held in the
City of Vaizak, and Mr Rambabu, the secretary of Indian
Skating Federation, was present,
The camp took off smoothly, with skaters showing good
performances in both the track and road championships.
Pushkar, Poojan, Yashwant were the fastest men in
the track events, and Ravi and Aakash were fastest in the
road events. In the women's events Varsha was fastest
in the road events and Heer in the track events.
Final selection of the Indian team who will attend the
2003 Asian and World Championships will be made in July
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