Netra Kumanan, the first Indian female sailor to qualify for the Olympic Games

The 23-year-old Netra Kumanan became the first Indian woman to ever claim to compete in the Olympic Games. She talks about how she got involved in sports and why the chances of sports are limited, India.



Nethra Kumanan is the first Indian woman whose sailor's book is a direct berth for the Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan.

Nethra Kumanan, the first Indian female sailor to qualify for the Olympic Games.

The 23-year-old Kumanan became the first Indian woman to ever claim to compete in the Olympic Games. She talks about how she got involved in this sport and why the chances of this sport in India are limited.


This may be the 10th Indian to qualify for a private party in Tokyo for the Olympics, but Kumanan's success is important for another reason: she was one of the first women to do just that, as well as using a direct marina, via one of the qualifying events.


A sailor-based from Chennia represented for India at the Asian Games in 2014 and 2018, will compete at the Olympics this year as part of the laser beam sailing class. But to say that she doesn't let the pressure of being the first to accomplish this feat get in her way. She said :" It's an honour to do this and it brings me a huge relief. I don't let the stress get in the way of me, because I know that people say what they want to say. The Olympic Games have been my goal for a very long time, and I am sure that representing my country will be very interesting."

Traning with Hungarian coach Tamas Eszesa, a dual Olympia in laser standard class, and kumanan, she talks about how she ended up in Spain last year due to travel restrictions during the pandemic. "It's been a tough time, and it's made me a little bored at home," he says, adding: "I watched a lot of Hindi movies that I would have missed at home and my family. That's why when I'm home, I just relax and spend time with them before going back to the academy."


Talk With HT about home and memories from her childhood, when her parents took her to sports, run, and come back to her. "My parents put me on a lot of extra-curricular activities, every year it was a different camp. For a while, we saw ads for sailing, summer camp, and that's how I got into the sport," she said, looking back at the time when she was 12 years old and she also has to take a course in Bharatanatyam, singing and painting. "she need a lot of time to swim, and she didn't have time for anything. After all.

Not only because of his extracurricular interests, but also because his formal education was on the back seat, on her journey to reach where she is actuallt today. "she train a lot in foreign countries. When she was in the eleventh grade, she had to leave school for a 10-day, and she had just qualified for the Asian Olympic Games.

Best of luck to proud of India

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