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PLEASED: Racer C. Rajesh explaining the features of the cycle donated to him by State Bank of India in Tiruchi on Wednesday. —Photo: R. Ashok
PLEASED: Racer C. Rajesh explaining the features of the cycle donated to him by State Bank of India in Tiruchi on Wednesday. —Photo: R. Ashok

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He will shine at the upcoming Commonwealth Games, says official

TIRUCHI: C. Rajesh, a promising cyclist from Tiruchi, is all set to ride high.

The State Bank of India (SBI) has sponsored a racing cycle worth Rs. 3.5 lakh for Rajesh, who is among the probables in the Indian cycling team for the upcoming Commonwealth Games in New Delhi.

Consistent performer

A consistent performer at competitions conducted at various levels, the 21-year-old Rajesh feels that the cycle will be of great help towards realising his dream of winning a medal at the Commonwealth Games.

“I was using a cycle that weighed more than 10kgs. But this one is lesser in weight and has some advanced features. It will certainly enhance my performance,” he said.

Rajesh, who specialises in Road Mass Start event, is at present undergoing training in the Indian camp at Patiala. He along with other cyclists in the camp had recently visited Australia for training-cum-competition. “The training session at Australia was beneficial and I finished first in one of the competitions. It was a big confidence-booster,” he added.

The cycle was handed over to Rajesh by J. Chandrasekaran, Chief General Manager, SBI, at a function organised in Chennai recently.

P. Karthikeyan, Regional Manager, SBI, Tiruchi, said the cycle was donated as part of SBI's community services banking. “Rajesh is an outstanding talent and we feel happy to have supported him. We are sure that he will shine at the Commonwealth Games,” Mr. Karthikeyan added.

According to D. Chandrasekar, father of Rajesh, the new cycle will be of immense help to his son's preparation for the Games.

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