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Book Name:- My Olympic Journey: 50 of India’s Leading Sportspersons on the Biggest Test of Their Career
Chronicling the stories of 50 of India’s leading Olympians for the first time ever in one comprehensive edition, Amit Bose and Digvijay Singh Deo bring you the Games through the eyes of some of the best sportspersons in the country.
These first-person accounts of Olympic medallists from 1948 till 2012, such as Leander Paes, Balbir Singh, Karnam Malleswari, Sushil Kumar and Abhinav Bindra and pioneers like Milkha Singh, Anjali Bhagwat, P.T. Usha, reveal their superstitions, hopes, grit, and challenges. Their interactions and experiences are sure to make you laugh, shed a tear and, most importantly, open your eyes to the struggles they had to endure to reach the Olympics.
These personal stories give a close-up view of what it means to represent India at the most prestigious sporting event in the world, making you a part of the soaring glory and shattering disappointment that only an Olympic Games can deliver. With photos from the personal archives of each athlete, this is a front-row seat to the privileged Olympic experience.
About the Authors
Digvijay Singh Deo is CNN-News18 sports editor. He is from Odisha. He is an alumnus of the Indian Institute of Mass Communication, New Delhi. A journalist since 2003, Digvijay has been covering the Olympic Movement all through his career. He was one of the first television reporters to focus individually on Olympic sports and as a result is widely respected by India’s Olympic athletes, who on most occasions give their first interviews or reactions to him. He has been part of the team that won two News Television Awards, in 2011 for Indian Sports Legends and in 2012 for The Contenders. In recognition of his contribution to Olympic sports in India, Digvijay was the only journalist invited to be an Olympic torchbearer during the run in New Delhi before the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
Amit Bose is a visual strategy consultant based in New Delhi. With over a decade’s experience in broadcast journalism, he creates compelling short- and long- form editorial content that caters to print publications, digital media and TV news networks for a range of charity, commercial and broadcast clients. He enjoys working on social issues that engulf a developing country like India and is inclined towards a fusion of photographic and research practice. Amit has worked as a sports journalist for nearly a decade with leading TV news channels in the country and also contributes regularly to leading travel publications and various other digital news portals based in India.