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After landing job,city rower selected for Olympia event

It was another good news that Kanav Dosajh got in a week.

Written by Tashi Lundup | Chandigarh | Published: June 11, 2013 2:55:43 am

It was another good news that Kanav Dosajh got in a week. Just recently Kanav had bagged a job at Ethos during a placement drive at University Business School,Panjab University. There was more to come as the news of his selection for the International Olympic Academy (IOA) Young Participants Session,to be held in Olympia,Greece,from June 11 to 25,soon reached him. He had hit the jackpot twice in a period of just one week.

“Kanav was very excited when he came to know about the development. Only a few days ago,he had got a job and then the news of his selection for the young participants session in Greece came. It is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and he was very keen to go there,” his father Dr Rajiv Dosajh told Chandigarh Newsline. According to his father,Kanav is the lone representative from India at the event.

In this annual event,young participants from almost 100 nations come together and share two weeks of lectures,workshops,discussion groups and recreational activities. The main topic of this year’s session is “Olympic legacy”.

“The Indian Olympic Association through Rowing Federation of India had sought Kanav’s details of his achievements — both sports and academics. Also,the International Olympic Academy had set criteria that the person should be a post-graduate and should have won medal at the international level. Kanav met all those pre-requisites,” said his beaming father.

Indeed,over the years,Kanav has made a mark for himself not only in rowing but also in academics. Now 24,he first came into prominence in 2007 when he along with Olympian Manjeet Singh won bronze in junior rowing championship in South Korea. It was his first appearance in an international event. While he continued to break barriers with his performance in All India Inter-University rowing championships — where he has won gold in his last six appearances — his chance to have another shot at glory ended in a whimper when he could not take part in another international tournament in China due to examinations.

Kanav formed a formidable pair with Beijing and London Olympian Manjeet and won medals in double scull event,and together they continued to rule the watersport event till Manjeet moved to Hyderabad for better opportunities. Kanav’s last medal came in the form of gold in inter-varsity rowing championship held at Sukhna Lake in Chandigarh earlier this year.

“Since class VII,Kanav has a fetish for water sports. He was good in swimming but he chose rowing as his hobby. He started performing well in the event and made a name for himself. Apart from that,he also likes hiking and trekking,” said his father.

While Kanav’s talent was never in doubt,his father was apprehensive about the selection. “There were several competitors who had better record in sports; some were gold medalists. But I guess it was his academic performance that got him this opportunity. Ever since he came to know about the news,he started working on his speech as he will address other players from different countries,” said his father. “In his speech,Kanav will try to popularise his support for Olympics and also urge the youngsters to help take their game to another level. He will also tell the upcoming youngsters to take up sports. As far as Kanav’s future is concerned,he wants to become an international referee in this sport.”

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