India's legendary track and field athlete PT Usha has been nominated for the International Association of Athletics Federation's (IAAF) 'Veteran Pin'. Usha has received this nomination for her outstanding contribution to the sport.
The Kerala athlete who is known as the ''Queen of Indian track and field'' is one of the greatest sprinters of all time to have represented India. She has won five gold medals in the following categories. They include: 100m, 200m, 400m, 400m hurdles and the 4x400m relay. Apart from all these laurels, Usha had also won a bronze medal in the 1985 Jakarta Asian Games.
The CEO of IAAF, Jon Ridgeon wrote an official letter to the former athlete in which he informed her that they are delighted that she has been nominated by her Area Association as a recipient of the IAAF Veteran Pin for her long and meritorious service to the cause of World Athletics.
At the same time, Ridgeon also offered an invitation to Usha for attending the award ceremony during the opening of the 52nd IAAF Congress which will be held in Qatar in the month of September.
The IAAF CEO wrote that it was his pleasure to invite PT Usha for the award ceremony which is set to take place during the opening ceremony of the 52nd IAAF Congress at the Qatar National Convention Centre in Doha on eve of September 24.
Coming back to PT Usha's achievements, her best performance was reaching the finals of the 400m hurdles of the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics where she also became the first Indian to achieve this feat. However, she failed to win a medal as she ended up missing out on bronze by one-hundredth of a second.
After hearing this news, the 55-year-old athlete took to Twitter and thanked IAAF.