Indian army rowers make proud by winning medals at Asian Games

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NP NEWS NETWORK

Pune

Here are the features of Indian Army as in Oarsmen won one Gold and two Bronze medals at Palembang during the 18th Asian Games on Friday.

The Rowers fought back with a bang on Saturday after a bad day on Thursday where they narrowly missed medals in various rowing events.

The Rowers have been trained at the Army Rowing Node (ARN) located at College of Military Engineering, Pune. The Rowing Node comprises of world-class facilities which include a rowing channel of size 2200 metres in length, 135  metres in width and 3.5 metres in depth along with a state-of-the-art gymnasium for the Rowers. The Army Rowing Node became functional in 2001. It has hosted a number of National games since its inception.  The ARN has made the nation proud by winning 71 International medals, 248 National medals, two Dronacharya awards, 14 Arjuna Awards and having produced nine Olympians.

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The last National Rowing Championship in Army Rowing Node was organized in December 2017, in which 58 rowers were selected from all over India. The training camp for the Asian Games was started at ARN with effect from 09 Jan 2018 in which the rowers went through a tough and scientific training regime.

A number of regular evaluation tests were conducted during the Camp, which not only included physical tests but psychological tests as well. After undergoing rigorous training 23 Rowers were selected for the 18th Asian Games. Out of these 23 rowers representing the nation, 22 are from the Indian Army.

The team members left behind the bad memories of Thursday by coming out as a resurgent team by winning one gold and two bronze medals in three different rowing events to make our nation proud.

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The Gold medal winning quartet includes Subedar Sawarn Singh (Olympian – London Olympics 2012), Havildar Bhokanal Dattu (Olympian – Rio Olympics 2016), Havildar Om Prakash and Sapper Sukhmeet Singh who won the Quadruple Sculls event. Naib Subedar Dushyant Chauhan won Bronze in Lightweight  Men’s Single Sculls event.

While Sapper Bhagwan Singh and Sapper Rohit Kumar won Bronze in Lightweight Men’s Double Sculls event. Hon’ble PM Mr. Narendra Modi, Chief of the Army Staff  General Bipin Rawat and Lieutenant  General D R Soni, Army Commander, Southern Command have congratulated the rowers for their fantastic performance. The Army Rowing Node is now a step closer to its commitment of winning a medal in the  Olympic Games.

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