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21 October 2010

CWG Delhi 2010 World Discus Throw Champion Dani Samuels Challenges Commonwealth Games Gold Medalist Indian Discus Thrower Krishna Poonia for $20,000 ‘Winner-Takes-All’ Contest:

World Discus Throw Champion Dani Samuels Challenges Commonwealth Games Gold Medalist Indian Discus Thrower Krishna Poonia for $20,000 ‘Winner-Takes-All’ Contest: It is unprofessional... 

All three medals in Discus Throw Event won by Indians

Discus-throw is not an act that can be controlled totally by the thrower him/herself. There are many other parameters that depend on external conditions. I was a discus thrower for about 6 – 8 years in nineteen sixties; as such, I have basic concepts about the sport and the techniques involved with it. Let us enlist the activities involved in throwing a discus. They are as follows:
  1. Firstly- the  thrower holds the discus in one of the hands by resting the centre of the discus over the palm and holding the circular edge of the discus with the help of the fore-ends of all the four fingers 
  2. Secondly- the thrower swings the hand, along with the discus, back and forth,  with the discus suspended intact over the palm and resting at the finger-tips
  3. Thirdly- the thrower continues swinging the discus in anticlockwise direction (for right-handed thrower) along with the entire body by fully outstretching the hand at the farthest distance from the body
  4. Fourthly- the thrower takes a couple of forcefully accelerated  rotations thereby providing the maximum momentum to the discuss held in the outstretched hand constantly in horizontal position
  5. Finally- once the thrower achieves the maximum momentum for the discus he/she launches the discus in the given direction with an  added push at the time of the throw hurling the discus like a projectile at almost 45deg elevation and keeping the discus in horizontal position and parallel to the line of trajectory 
I have explained the above five stages of actions for throwing the discus. Now let us also discuss the following important parameters that influence the success of the throw and the distance achieved:
  1. The radius at which the discus is rotated along with the thrower’s body around the vertical axis passing through the centre of gravity of the throwers body
  2. The more the radios of rotation the farther would be the distance thrown
  3. This is the reason why taller persons make better discus throwers
  4. The discus should be thrown at a suitable angle of elevation almost at 45deg 
  5. The discus should travel spinning fast in a stabilized condition with minimum turbulence or wobbling 
  6. The wind density and wind velocity will affect the distance thrown by drifting the discus towards back, right or left
  7. The foot gear used by the thrower will also influence the push exerted at the discus at the time of throw-off 
Considering the above description of discus throw and various parameters, characteristics and conditions, this event is not a sport that can be challenged for a bout like boxing and wrestling. There are many external, environmental and manmade parameters over which the thrower has no control. 


In view of all that, the world champion Australian Dani Samuels’ challenge for the $20,000 winner-takes-all contest challenge to the Commonwealth Games gold medalist Indian discus thrower Krishna Poonia, appears to be a nonprofessional act. The spirit behind this challenge appears to be vengeance rather than the feeling of healthy competition. I appeal to the world fraternities of sports and games to appeal to the world champion Dani Samuals to take back the challenge and uphold the spirit of healthy competitive regime in the world.  
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