Adidas to provide Swapna seven pairs of customised footwear

Over the past two months, Adidas has worked extensively with authorities in India and its own Athlete Services lab in Germany to seek a solution for Swapna.

Swapna Barman became the first Indian to secure a gold medal in heptathlon at the Asian Games held earlier this year.   -  Getty Images

Asian Games gold medallist Swapna Barman will receive seven pairs of customised shoes, one each for the different events of Heptathlon, sports giant Adidas announced on Monday.

Swapna, who became the first Indian to secure a gold medal in heptathlon at the Asian Games held earlier this year, was born with six toes in both her feet. Her plight was highlighted after she won at the Jakarta Games.

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Over the past two months, Adidas has worked extensively with authorities in India and its own Athlete Services lab in Germany to seek a solution for Swapna, a media release said.

After a detailed foot analysis, the brand has decided to support Swapna by designing customised high-performance footwear and shall be providing her with seven unique pairs, one each for the seven different events.

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The customised solutions for Swapna have been crafted keeping in mind size, pressure points and cushioning requirements to provide her the perfect fit, comfort, and traction.

“It’s an honour for any sportsperson to be associated with the Adidas family. I realised my dream of winning a gold medal for India, now I am preparing to fulfil my next dream of winning an Olympic Gold for India,”Swapna said.