Since Kishore Jena last met his parents two years ago, he may have to wait longer for his return home | Athletics News

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Indian javelin thrower Kishore Kumar Jena gets homesick at times, especially when none of his sisters are around to facilitate a video call with his elderly parents. Being away from family is one of the sacrifices that a professional athlete has to make. Jena last saw his parents two years ago and he may not see them for another 12 months as he remains focused on his preparation for the Paris Olympics. On Sunday, he finished a respectable fifth in the javelin throw final of the World Championships.

“My parents are not very familiar with using smartphones. Only when one of my younger sisters visits my parents do they set up a video call and I can see them.”

“It's been two years since I last visited my home,” an emotional Jena told PTI Bhasha over the phone from Budapest.

Despite the gold medal from the legendary Neeraj Chopra, Jena and teammate DP Manu were able to keep up, with the Odisha man posting a personal best of 84.77m.

After a memorable run in Budapest, is he planning a visit to his home village of Kothasahi, a few hours from Puri in Odisha? “I don't think I can return before the end of the Paris Olympics. Since 2021 I have been either at the national training camps in Patiala or on the road to take part in various competitions. So it may be another year, me.” “We'll be a long way from home,” Jena said.

He will be 28 in a week and only started javelin throwing at the age of 20.

“I used to play volleyball and only started javelin throwing in 2015. I initially stayed at Sports Hostel in Bhubaneswar and then at NIS, Patiala. There is no one in my family with a sporting background.”

“We are a middle-class family, the father is a farmer and we are seven children. I have six sisters who are all married.”

“I want to make my parents proud because although my father had to marry six daughters within his limited means, he always encouraged me to pursue my passion for sports,” said the man, who is now with the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF ) is employed. .

Jena is confident that the invaluable experience he gained at the World Cup will help him achieve better results at the Asian Games in Hangzhou.

“I was a little nervous as this was the biggest event of my career. I was afraid if I could keep up or not. If you ask me, I'm happy with my performance,” said Jena.

Competing with a world star like Chopra is an event in itself, but Jena said the world champion was very helpful and encouraging.

“Obviously everyone is focused on their respective performance when the event is on. I had a not so good shot and told him (Chopra) I was a bit disappointed.”

“He said to me, ‘Don't worry. Forget it. It's gone now. Focus on the next throw and trust me you'll do well'. That gave me a lot of confidence. It's a matter of pride that the three of us.” “We were among the top six,” said Jena.

The focus is now shifting to Hangzhou and Jena hoping for a podium finish.

“After the Budapest championship, the fear of a major event is over. I believe this experience in Hangzhou will be useful. Neeraj Chopra started a movement and we all need to keep up the good work,” he concluded.

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