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"P. T. Usha QUEEN

Pilavullakandi Thekkeparambil Usha (born June 27, 1964), popularly known as P. T. Usha, is an Indian athlete from the state of Kerala. P. T. Usha has been associated with Indian athletics since 1979. She is regarded as one of the greatest athletes India has ever produced and is often called the "queen of Indian track and field". She is nicknamed Payyoli Express. Currently she runs the Usha School of Athletics at Koyilandy in Kerala. P. T. Usha was born in the village of Payyoli, Kozhikode District, Kerala. In 1976 the Kerala State Government started a Sports School for women, and Usha was chosen to represent her district.

In 1979 P. T. Usha participated in the National School Games, where she was noticed by O. M. Nambiar, who coached her throughout her career. Her debut in the 1980 Moscow Olympics proved lacklustre. In the 1982 New Delhi Asiad, she got silver medal in the 100 m and the 200 m, but at the Asian Track and Field Championship in Kuwait a year later, Usha took gold in the 400 m with a new Asian record between 1983-89, Usha garnered 13 golds at ATF meets. She finished first in the semi-finals of the 400 metres hurdles in the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics, but faltered in the finals. In almost a repeat of Milkha Singh's 1960 feat, there was a nail-biting photo finish for the third place. Usha lost the bronze by 1/100th of a second. She became the first Indian woman (and the fifth Indian) to reach the final of an Olympic event by winning her 400 m hurdles Semi-final.
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(Posted on April 17, 2012)

Sikh Sports Association USA (A non profit organization) celebrated its 6th Annual Games on July 28 & 29, 2012 at James Logan High School,
1800 H Street, Union City (California). All pictures by Prem K. Chumber / Reports coming in "Ambedkar Times"
(English) & "Desh Doaba" (Punjabi) news papers.
Posted on August 3, 2012


We are proud to upload about Ms. Gursharan Bains (Daughter of Mr. Makhan Bains, Owner of Raja Sweets, Union City)
and her success in Soccer. We congratulate her and her parents for making the Soccer team to USA National level.

If any one would like to share any success stories on
please feel free to e-mail us and it will be our pleasure to publish on the website. Thank you. Takshila Chumber (Editor)

Hello. I’m Gursharan Bains d/o Mr. Makhan Bains. I’ve been playing soccer with Amrun Singh since we were twelve years old. We both just graduated from high school, and our soccer team made it to Nationals this summer, placing third amongst the top teams across the country. We won our State Cup, and went to New Mexico for Regionals, and won that as well. It has required a lot of hard work all these years to make it this far—going to practice, doing school work, and struggling with the urge to do something more relaxing like just sleeping or talking to friends. I think we’ve both learned a lot from playing soccer, and the most important things I’ve learned are dedication, and not giving up when things get hard.

Sometimes things may seem so hard, such as getting good grades in school or just having enough courage to try new things, but from my experience starting something new might just be the most difficult part. I started playing when I was 8 years old, and at first I did not want to even play at all. I was too scared, but I soon realized that soccer was one of the most fun activities I had ever done. As I kept playing I kept moving up levels, with more difficult competition each year. When you play a team sport you have to deal with a number of things, like getting used to teammates, coaches, and making the most of your experience. I admit that at times I got angry at things that may seem minor now like having to play a position I did not like, or somebody on the other team saying something rude or mean. These things are just things you have to learn to work with and deal with. I’ve still enjoyed all the years I’ve been playing, and made it through the tough parts with the support of my family and friends, and the support of other players on my team. The way I got better each year was by pushing myself to do the best that I could with teammates who were very talented.

All you have to do is find something you enjoy doing, and stick to it. I found soccer, and love it, but I know others who found something else as a passion. It could be music, education, or something else like helping others, or a combination of them all. By playing soccer I have learned a lot more than just playing the sport, I have learned to be a motivated individual, while doing the things I enjoy most. Amrun and I have both played soccer since we were very young, playing on separate teams before we both played on the team that took us to nationals. She has played ODP soccer, played on the state team, made it to regional team tryouts, played varsity soccer all four years of high school, and was captain of her team at Mission San Jose High School this past year. She is going to Notre Dame de Namur University this fall and is playing Division II soccer for her college team. I also played ODP, played four years of high school varsity soccer, and was captain of my high school team at American High School this past year. I am going to UC Santa Barbara this fall, and hope to continue playing soccer. We have both worked very hard to get as far as we have in school and in soccer.

We played together on our league team, California Northstars, and have won many tournaments with the team over the past six years. The team has had a number of talented players from around the Bay Area, and seeing all their accomplishments individually and as a team, along with the support of my family and friends is true motivation to be the best that I can be at whatever I hope to achieve in life. I know that anybody can achieve as much as I have achieved and more just by finding something they love and sticking with it.

Posted on September 08, 2010

Canadian Olympic Team Member Weightlifting
Please click here: CONGRATULATIONS congratulates Mr. Jasvir Singh (Olympic Participant in 2008) had recently won all rounds of Senior Canadian Weightlifting Championship on May 16th & 17 th, 2009 in Kelowna, B.C. (Canada) Posted on May 20, 2009


(Left) Jasvir Singh (Bangar) competes in the men's weightlifting event during the North American Open Championship 2008 at Chandler (Arizona) USA. where he won the Gold Medal. (Right) Jasvir Singh Bangar was honored in Vancouver ( Canada )

Vancouver: Mr. Jasvir Singh won Gold Medal in North American Open Championship, Chandler ( Arizona ) USA. He was in the weight lifting category and lifted 62 kilograms. The championship was December 4th -7th, 2008. Mr. Jasvir Singh lifted the weights on December 5th, 2008 and he was represented by Canada. Mr. Bangar was honored in the Annual Christmas Party which was organized by the Indian Community at Fraserview Banquet Hall in Vancouver ( Canada ) on Saturday night of December 20th, 2008.

Posted on December 21, 2008

Canada 's Jasvir Singh (Bangar) competes in the men's 62 kg weightlifting event during the Olympic Beijing Games 2008.
Jasvir Singh finished in 12th place out of sixteen competitors.

The Saga of Abhinav Bindra

Written by Dr. Amrik Singh from Sacramento

His gold came like the rainfall in a parched land. He struck the chord that lilted hearts of a billion Indians. He shot near perfect in the bull's eye. Many a foot rose in unison to the beat of the drum. He had done it! The history recorded it as the first Solo Olympic Gold of Independent India. Punjab at the crest again figured in our discourses. He practiced his best shots in Zirkpur (Mohali) Punjab. The small town in the outskirts of Chandigarh struggled for a legal recognition due to the Chandigarh Periphery Act. The beleaguered residents now feel, it is almost over because an auspicious star has risen in its skies. It is a time for celebrations. No mean looks, no rivalry, no politics, no bad word can obscure the golden shine. Abhinav created a heartthrob in millions who are capable of striking the gold mine, but may not be lucky to be on the roster.  Will Abhinav be their leader in Gold tally?

Yes, if the bad shooters in politics won't make him their prized victim. If we ring them out and ring in those who aim at the bull's-eye, India could be the nation of performers as a replacement for manipulators.  Abhinav appears to beckon us to take pride in what is best in us and ignore all that provokes the worst.

 At the time Abhinav in Beijing was concentrating on 'shooting good shots', his parents were offering prayers in Sector 8 Gurdwara in Chandigarh. A few hours later, their wish was granted. Abhinav had no idea of making the history. His goal was to 'shoot well and shoot aggressively.'

Abhinav's earlier recognitions paved the way for his ace achievement in Beijing. Punjab CM Parkash Singh Badal wasted no time in announcing 10 millions Rupees for 'the Son of Punjab.' The windfall of wealth continues to come in his way.  The saga of Abhinav Bindra's success will create a desire in millions of youths to go his way. But they need parents like Bindra’s. If government of India plays the parental role for the ones who are promising but poor, hundred years of alienation will sure end announcing the dawn of a new era.

 Posted on August 15, 2008

Olympic Beijing Games

Egyptian leads Group B weightlifting at 62kg

Canada’s Jasvir Singh finished in fifth place

Last Updated: Monday, August 11, 2008 | 3:02 AM ET CBC Sports

Canada 's Jasvir Singh competes in the men's 62 kg group B weightlifting event during the Beijing Games. (Jung Yeon-Je/Getty Images)

In an exciting finish of the men’s group B 62kg weightlifting competition, only 1kg separated the winner and runner-up on Day 3 of the Beijing Olympic Games. Performing in front of a cheering home crowd was Chinese Taipei’s Yang Sheng-Hsiung, who came a close second by lifting a total of 287kg (130kg in the snatch and 157kg in the clean and jerk).

Taking first place was Egypt’s Mohamed Abd Elbaki, who lifted 288kg in total (129kg in the snatch and 159kg in the clean and jerk). Canada’s Jasvir Singh finished in fifth place out of six competitors, lifting 115kg in the snatch and 151kg in the clean and jerk for a total of 266kg.

Group A of the men’s 62kg class will compete at 7 p.m. Beijing time on Monday.

Posted on August 11, 2008 (5:00 AM)

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