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Good Sports: SPEEDY SENIOR IN A SARI

Compiled/partly written by Melvin Durai Email Compiled/partly written by Melvin Durai
February 2014
Good Sports: SPEEDY SENIOR IN A SARI

You’re never too old to run your first race, even if you don’t have proper running gear. That’s what 66-year-old farm worker Lata Bhagwan Kare proved when she ran in the recent Baramati Marathon in Maharashtra and won the senior citizen division. Wearing a nauvari, a traditional Maharashtrian sari, she started the race in slippers, but after one fell off, she let the other go and completed the race barefooted. She received a cash prize of Rs. 5,000 and a certificate for winning the 3-km race.

Standing at the starting line in her sari, she had felt nervous and awkward, as other competitors stared at her. “However, when the race began and I started overtaking them one by one, I gained my energy,” she told DNA. “While running I was talking to myself and telling that I want to win this race, and I did it.”



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