Bhubaneswar: If you have got talent and are prepared to work hard, no one can stop you from reaching the top no matter what the odds are. Rashmi Ranjan Sahoo, a road side ‘bara’ vendor has just proved that by qualifying to represent India at the Asian and World Bodybuilding Championships.
Sahoo, who makes a living by selling ‘bara’, ‘piaji, will represent the national team in the 80 kilogram category.
Sahoo managed to find a place in the national team after a remarkable performance at the national selection camp held in Chennai.
Apart from Sahoo, Pankaj Pratihari, Krishna Rao, Balal Khan and Rajesh Achari from Odisha will also represent the Indian team at the international events.
Talking to newsmen, Sahoo said, “I am happy for the success. I hope I can do better and win a medal for the country if I get sponsorship and support from the people of my state.”
Babuli Swain, coach of Sahoo, said, “They will bring glory for the state as well as for the nation. They have worked very hard and their success is in an outcome of it.”
Notably, the Asian Bodybuilding Championship will be held from September 2 to 8 at Bhutan while the World Bodybuilding Championship will be held in Thailand in November.