“Till February, I was preparing for the Paralympics and I am just 50 points from qualifying for it. But, I am not thinking of badminton currently as my top priority now is to ensure health and safety for the people residing in GB Nagar,” the 36-year-old told TOI. His earlier posting was in Lucknow where he worked in the Planning Department. Suhas took charge of GB Nagar – who comprises areas like Noida, Greater Noida and Yamuna Expressway – on March 31.
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To keep the ongoing COVID-19 under check, Suhas is putting in long hours at work. However, Suhas, part of the Para Champions Program at GoSports Foundation, isn’t one to complain about those extra hours. “Destiny has given me an opportunity to be in place where I can actually contribute to the society. The last thing I should be bothering about is the number of hours I am putting. Each day I wake up thanking God for giving an opportunity to serve the people. I shouldn’t have any complaints because I have chosen this path and nobody asked me to do it,” Suhas said.
Extended working hours does mean that Suhas hasn’t had the time to train in over a month. “I definitely will want to get back to training but – for now – my duty comes first,” said Suhas. He believes that being a sportsman has helped him view the ongoing pandemic from a larger perspective. “Sports teach you to remain patient under pressure, be physically agile and make decisions with a clear head. More importantly, sports help you to stay humble both while enjoying success or enduring failure,” he said.