Until last year, 18-year-old long jumper Sreeshankar did not have permission to use the social media. The Kerala jumper, who missed the Athletics Federation of India guideline by just a whisker at the Federation Cup, says staying away from social networking sites is just small “sacrifice” he takes to ensure his attention towards sports does not sway.
A second-year engineering college student in Palakkad district of Kerala, sports was a natural choice. He did not have to look far for inspiration as dad Murali was a proficient triple jumper and mother Bijimol was an 800m runner.
The wiry-framed athlete began as a sprinter before he took the jump event when he was around 13. The reason for not choosing his dad’s discipline was simple. “Triple jump is an injury-prone discipline. In my career, I have suffered so many injuries. It’s a very technical sport and if you get something wrong, you’ll get injured,” father Murali explained while Sreeshankar nodded incessantly.