Japan holds ‘good karma’ for me, says Olympics-bound golfer Udayan Mane


PROFESSIONAL GOLFER Udayan Mane, who’s Tokyo-bound for his first Olympics, feels that Japan holds “good karma” for him. The 30-year-old, together with main Indian golfer Anirban Lahiri will characterize India within the 60-player area. The males will compete at Kasumigaseki Country Club from July 29 to August 1.

On Wednesday, each gamers, who’ve shut ties to Poona Club Golf Course, have been facilitated in addition to given ‘playing rights for lifetime’ within the presence of membership president Nitin Desai, captain of Poona Club Golf Course Lalit Chinchankar and different committee members.

Candid about his qualification, Mane mentioned, “It has still not sunk in. As there was a lack of tournaments in India and to suddenly jump into the Olympics, which is the biggest and grandest stage of all, there is a cocktail of emotions coursing through me now.”

Mane is at present the second-highest ranked Indian on this planet at 356 and made the minimize after Argentina’s Emiliano Grillo introduced his withdrawal late in June. “I had previously qualified twice when I was playing regularly. I was not playing amid this lockdown so I was out of the race, and then suddenly, I had news that I am in it. I am proud and happy that it all worked out and I hope that I bring back glory,” he mentioned.

Mane had a stellar beginner profession, being India number one, earlier than turning skilled. The similar 12 months, Mane had performed on the Incheon Asian Games and the Eisenhower Trophy. “My mother frequented Japan often and in 2014 when I had to play at the Eisenhower Cup, one of the comforting things I held onto was when my father said there is nothing but good karma there, there is nothing I should be intimidated by and feel nothing but confidence,” he mentioned.

Besides the looming pandemic, Mane mentioned golf is a sport that varies from course to course and it’s the accountability of the golfer to adapt. “We play in so many countries and continents. The wind, the temperature, the grass type vary every course so I believe those are the main challenges. I have also been fortunate to get the permission to practise at the Poona Club golf course,” he added.

Talking about assembly compatriot Lahiri and enjoying with him on the Olympics, Mane mentioned, “I am sure I will be able to get some pointers on how to keep calm. He has always looked out for me. He advises me on and off the course. I will be happy with a medal, but I will still be happy if we get a medal or through a good finish,” he mentioned.


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