Ananth Rao talks passionately about his ambition of being a top-level gymnast just like his hero, Commonwealth Games gold medallist Ashish Kumar.
Every few minutes though, the 24-year-old Mysore lad pauses to express repressed sorrow. But there are no tears, just a hint of regret on his pained face as he recollects the fateful day when his dreams were cruelly snuffed out.
Ananth, like any other budding gymnast, was eager to impress at the Dasara Games in September 2010 when the state-level star mistimed a somersault during a practice routine.
Ananth’s head crashed on to the mat and he heard