India’s track & field legend PT Usha has been nominated to get ‘Veteran Pin’ by the International Association of Athletics Federation (IAAF) for her contribution to Indian athletics.
Usha is one of the greatest sprinters to have come out of India and is often called the “queen of track and field”. She won five gold medals — 100m, 200m, 400m, 400m hurdles and the 4x400m relay — besides a bronze in the 1985 Asian Games which were held in Jakarta.
“We are delighted that you have been nominated by your Area Association as a recipient of the IAAF Veteran Pin for your long and meritorious service to the cause of World Athletics,” the IAAF CEO Jon Ridgeon informed Usha in a letter.
He also extended an invitation to the 55-year-old to attend the award ceremony during the opening of the 52nd IAAF Congress in Qatar in September.
She was honoured with Arjuna Award in 1983 and Padma Shri in 1985.