Thursday, June 23, 2011

Veteran athlete ASI Subbanna to represent India in USA

Usually we come across police Personnel who run behind from from fitness. But here is a 58 year old, Assistant Sub-Inspector who has carved a niche in the police department.

Subba Shetty famously known as Subbanna in Police department is a veteran athlete who has represented India in various
inter-national levels and has carved a niche.

He has also represented India in various International athletics meets held at South Korea in 1996, India 2000,
Malaysia in 2010 and he is one among eight members who has been selected to take part in World Master Athletic
Championships, Sacramento, USA which be held from July 5 to 17.

He has brought laurels to the State by participating in various State, national and international level competitions
and has bagged many medals. He completes 5 kms and 10 kms walking in 30.31 second and 58 minutes respectively.

Hailing from Kalale, Subbanna obtained his education upto 4th standard in Kalale and later settled in Mysore,
following a infection in legs for which he went underwent treatment for 5 years in Mysore.

He is the 8th son among nine children to his parents Madashetty and Madamma, who's occupation was extracting the oil
from seeds. He completed his SSLC in 1970-71 and discontinued his studies due to family problems. Later he obtained
job from a commission agent of weighing food grains in a market.

With keen interest in typing, he joined at SNS typing institute and during the institution's annual sports meet he
took part in the running race in bare foot from Mysore to Kadakola and among 25 members he stood in second place.
Inspired over this, he later started participating in all the running race events conducted by various organisation
across the city.

Speaking to Express he said `many of the police personnel were attending the running race and they suggested me to
join for police department and I attained the interview and obtained job in 1976.'

`I used to compete in 5 km and 10 km running race with bare foot and I have stood always in first three places from
1977 to 1994,' says Subbanna with proud.

`In 1994, once I attended the veterans athletics championship and observed the walking style and practiced that. I
felt from running, walking is easy and then continued taking part in the athletics. From 1996 to 2011 I have practiced
2,18,000 kms of walks', says Subbanna.

Later, in 1996 Mysore National Veteran Athletics he has obtained silver medal and qualified for International South
Korea Championship and from then without break he is keep on competing in all the championships.

He thanks Veteran District Masters Athletics Association, Mysore and department officials for supporting him and says
secret of his stamina is determination.

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