Six junior sailors from the Indian contingent that participated in the Oman Sailing Championship 2018 have made the country proud by clinching a rich haul of medals.
Out of the six participants, five of them returned home with five medals, including three golds, a silver, and a bronze.
Ritika Dangi won gold in the Optimist class, while Uma Chauhan got bronze in the same race. In the Optimist class boys’ race, Ashish Vishwakarma clinched gold and Neel Anand won the silver. In the Laser 4.7 Class, Satish Yadav bagged the gold medal.
The weeklong competition held between August 2 to 8 saw 130 sailors between the ages of 10 and 17 compete in various races at the Sur Sailing School.
Admiral Sunil Lanba and the president of the Yachting Association of India (YAI) acknowledged the performance of the Indian sailors and congratulated the team for their good performance.
“These 13 to 16-year-old sailors are the future Olympic medal hopes for the country,” said Admiral Lanba.
The Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports is looking after the training and the overall grooming of these young sailors with an eye on a podium finish at the Olympics. Dedicated training has been imparted to these young under 16 sailors by the YAI.