US-born Olympic medallist plans to guide Indian gymnasts

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Raj BhavsarIt was the second most precious accomplishment for the US-born gymnast, Raj Bhavsar, as he gifted his life’s greatest achievement-Olympic Bronze medal-to his grandfather living in his hometown in Vadodara.
Raj, a gymnast with the US national team to Beijing Olympics 2008, had his proud moment as he presented his bronze medal to his 85-year-old grandfather Bhanubhai Bhavsar when he visited his hometown in Vadodara.
“After the Olympics, this was my goal, and today I have accomplished it,” said Raj.
For this 28-year-old American of Indian origin, success in Olympics was not easy. Raj had tried his luck to represent his country in the Olympics not once but thrice.
“I had tried in 2001 but couldn’t make it. In 2004 Athens Olympics, I was selected in the team but did not get the opportunity to perform. In 2008 also, I was selected as a reserve, but at the last moment I was confirmed for the event. After a long wait, I got a chance to prove myself in the biggest international arena,” said Raj.

by Express News Service