PT Usha’s Coach Madhavan Nambiar Presented With The Padma Shri Award

Madhavan Nambiar, who has been a successful personal coach to PT Usha is amongst the few dignitaries who won the Padma Shri this year. Here are all the details about the athlete.

Sania Kader

January 27, 2021

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Various athletes and sportspersons from different fields have been awarded the Padma Shri on the occasion of the 72nd Republic Day. A total of seven athletes have been presented with the honourable title which was announced on 26th January 2021. Mouma Das, Anitha Pauldurai, Madhav Nambiar, Sudha Singh, Virendra Singh, KY Venkatesh, and Anshu Jamsenpa made it to the final list of awardees this year, leaving behind various nominees which were announced a few days back. Madhavan Nambiar is a celebrated Indian coach who trained PT Usha for various competitions and also successfully guided her to win multiple titles, medals, and awards together. OV Madhavan Nambiar was PT Usha’s coach for more than 14 years and has played a crucial role in her run as a successful athlete.

Here is a look at the ZEE5 video with details related to the Padma Shri awards which were announced on the January 26.

International icon PT Usha’s coach OV Madhavan Nambiar is amongst the seven athletes who have been awarded the Padma Shri this year. According to the video attached above, he is currently 89-years old and has been a constant source of motivation and support for PT Usha. He was awarded the Dronacharya Award a few years back for his service towards the sports community. In the year 1984, PT Usha gained a lot of appreciation for her work at the Los Angeles Olympics 400m race, where she had secured the fourth position. She had lost the medal by merely one second, which was considered a major achievement around this time.

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According to the video attached above, PT Usha had met OV Madhavan Nambiar through the sports committee in school. Madhavan Nambiar had seen a unique spark in PT Usha and did everything in his power to help her nurture her skills. After the award winners were announced, PT Usha revealed that she had met Madhavan Nambiar when the nominees were announced earlier. He was quite elated about the honour but has currently been resting at home since he has been facing a few health issues.

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