Swimming is a popular sport but, of course, it has to compete with other big disciplines.
To me, swimming was a major part of my growing up years. We had a whole village of swimmers and it was a very intense competition among ourselves. Slowly, we learnt to swim and then to compete.
To win an Asian Games medal in 1986 was a dream come true. I remember Sportstar highlighting my progress in swimming. The best part was that the magazine believed in encouraging sportsmen, especially the youngsters.
It is a quality sports magazine and I wish them well in the times to come.
(As told to Vijay Lokapally)
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