Ashwini's family ecstatic

The family, friends and people of Siddapura in Udupi district are delighted at Ashwini Akkunji winning the gold medal in the 4x400m track and field events in Commonwealth Games, in New Delhi on Tuesday.

B.R. Chidananda Shetty, father of Ashwini Akkunji expressed joy at his daughter's achievement. Mr. Shetty speaking to The Hindu over the telephone from Jansale hamlet (Ashwini Akkunji hails from Jansale hamlet near Siddapur village), said that his daughter Ms. Akkunji was interested in running since her childhood.

“She used to practice for 4 to 5 hours daily and sometimes even more.

“She is totally dedicated to her sport. I and my family are happy at Ashwini winning the medal for the country.

“The people in Siddapura too are very happy for her. Ashwini was confident of bagging the medal,” Mr. Shetty added

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