Oly-bound daughter of bus conductor gets pat on back from PM Modi

MUZAFFARNAGAR: When she was 14, Priyanka Goswami was fairly certain her life would centre on gymnastics. She’d take part in races at school, never too seriously, but always ended up winning.
Around the same time, her father, a bus conductor, got suspended from his job. Things got tough at home, the race tracks offered a refuge and she switched gears. This year, Priyanka, 25, broke the national record in race walking and is on her way to the Tokyo Olympics. On Sunday, PM Narendra Modi spoke of Priyanka’s as an exemplary life on ‘Mann ki Baat‘.
“The life of Priyanka Goswamiji … teaches a lot … As a child, Priyanka adored the bag that the medal winners were presented with. It was this fascination that made her participate in the race walking competition. Now, she is a big champion,” Modi said.
The camera-friendly Priyanka, who has 15,000 followers on Instagram, was elated.
“I’m thrilled to hear PM Modi mentioned me. I’ll do my best to win my country a medal,” she said. Her father, Madan Goswami, too, was overjoyed.
“I’m very happy the PM spoke about her hard work. I’m confident my daughter will bring us a medal,” he told TOI.
Priyanka, who has bagged over 20 national medals in 20-km race walking, is busy training at the Sports Authority of India‘s Bengaluru national camp.
She has participated in few international events in Italy, Japan and Taiwan.
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