Karnataka has always been a land of immense sports talent and it’s getting better with time. Several athletes from Mysuru have been in the limelight and brought laurels to the city, and made Mysureans feel proud. Here is the story of Ravi T S, an athlete from rural background who has travelled a long way in the sports field with great potential and is putting forth his efforts to carve a niche as an athlete.
Ravi, son of Suresh and Kamalamma, hails from Talur village in Somwarpet taluk, Kodagu district. He completed his schooling from a government school near his village where he enthusiastically participated in various sports events. A runner in his early days, Ravi started to bag prizes at various inter-school meets during his primary school days. Later, he joined Pre-University at the Government PU College, Kushalnagar, where he developed a keen interest towards hockey. Born in a middle class family, Ravi initially took hockey seriously, keeping in mind that it would help him to avail seats for higher education under sports quota. His faith nurtured and helped him grab medals in various athletics and sports meets.
After completing PU course, he came to Mysuru to pursue degree. Initially, he worked as a steward at a hotel, a cleaner for a private bus and did various other part-time jobs in order to earn money for his studies. Ravi worked at day time and attended BCom classes at University of Mysore evening college. Amidst all this, he never missed an opportunity to participate in university or inter-collegiate sports meet. The positivity he had on his own strengths was fuelling the desire to win amongst the best of young athletes. He became the star of every sports meets that were held.
Ravi etched his name into the record books of University of Mysore by breaking the 33-year-old Long Jump record by leaping 6.74 metres in the year 2012-13. Later, he also broke the 17-year- old record of UoM in High Jump by clearing 1.87 meters height. He went on registering many personal bests at state, national and international level championships and sports meet. He has represented UoM at the All India Inter-University Athletics Meet held in Kolkata, Patiala and Mangaluru on three occasions. He has bagged 10 gold medals in the University Inter-Collegiate Athletics Tournament as a student of UoM.
A NCC ‘C’ certificate holder, Ravi also has won medals at various NCC sports meet. His interest towards sports made him to complete BPEd, MPEd and NIS diploma in sports coaching. Gradually he started to train budding sportspersons and a rural athlete like him free of cost and till now has trained nearly 50 sportspersons. He has been training students in athletics, hockey, cricket, football, swimming, badminton and yoga. Ravi who has secured around 102 certificates and 61 medals till date, has applied for the post of Athletics Coach in UoM and is awaiting for the results.
For his unparalleled excellence in the athletics and continuous contribution in sports field, Ravi has been honoured with Jumping Star Award. He has received awards from Nadoja De Ja Gow, former Director of Physical Education University of Mysore Dr C Krishna and other organisations.
As Ravi’s father is ill and on treatment, he has been residing at the hostel for 11 years with very little nutritious food, but nothing has come as a barrier for his achievements. He thanks his mother Kamalamma, sister Radha and former director of physical education Dr Krishna, international athlete and policeman M P Chandrashekhar and wrestler Kitty for their support.
Ravi’s achievements as an athlete has will certainly guide the younger generation. Ravi says, “I am always ready to train young people who are really dedicated.”