Patiala: Sport is about accomplishments and a quest to do better. Tracks are battlefields where athletes go all out for glory. But don’t fool yourself into thinking that sports venues are just places of intense rivalry as there are many epic tales of romance between sportspersons.
After deciding to spend the rest of their lives together, they stand by each other through thick and thin and help achieve one another's dreams. These athletes epitomise love and compassion in the field of sports.
Meet some of the celebrity couples spotted at the ongoing Federation Cup athletics meet in Patiala.
Kevin and Nayana
Nayana James, who has emerged as one of the brightest medal prospects in long jump for India, will get married to Kevin Peter Oscar, a cricketer who plays for SBI in the state league, on April 28. She will be busy with wedding preparations once she returns home from the Commonwealth Games slated to be held on the Gold Coast, Australia, between April 4 and 15. The two got engaged at a function held in Kozhikode on October 5. The two have been travelling together, giving company to each other at competitions ever since. Kevin, a native of Thumpoly in Alappuzha, and Nayana first met during a training stint at the University Stadium in Thiruvananthapuram. They instantly fell in love and decided to get married with the blessings of their parents.
Neena and Pinto
It has been four months since long jumper V Neena and hurdler Pinto Mathew fell in love and got hitched. Neena, who hails from Meppayur in Kozhikode district, and Pinto, a native of Kadanadu near Pala, have known each other for a long time as they have represented Kerala at various meets. Pinto reached Patiala a day before Neena’s event and was seen cheering her on standing near the jumping pit. Pinto hugged and consoled her as she was disappointed after missing out on the Commonwealth Games qualification mark despite winning silver.
Surekha and Renjith
When V S Surekha, mother of 8-year-old Jiya and one-and-a-half-year-old Sparsha, clinched gold in the pole vault event, triple jumper Renjith Maheswary was on the sidelines applauding her effort. Despite being the mother of two, Surekha returned to track and continues to produced excellent results, thanks to the tremendous support from Renjith.