BANGALORE: Omkar Jadav, a second year student at Surana College, is a spiker of great promise. The 18-year-old is 192-cm-tall and never goes unnoticed on the volleyball court. He has the fitness and agility to pop up on the wrong side of the defence and execute a brilliant smash or get into the centre to receive serves with aplomb or even rush to the net and effect a timely block as the ball rolls over on the other side for a crucial point.
In him, the state and the country has a volleyball player with great potential. He is often seen practising at the nets at Sree Kanteerava Stadium. Omkar is hardworking and determined.
Under state junior team coach B D Parashuram, Omkar has sharpened his skills considerably and at a rapid pace too. With Surana College providing him the platform to excel, there is no dearth of opportunities for him and Omkar is striving to bring laurels to his college, university and state teams.
Success came his way in the 57th National School Games in 2012, when he won the volleyball title at Burhanpur, Madhya Pradesh. He was in the district team which won the runner-up title in the state-level meet as well.
Omkar played a crucial role as Bangalore won the volleyball title at the State Dasara Sports Meet 2013 held at Chamundi Vihara Stadium in Mysore.
He guided his team to victory in the state-level sports meet in 2013-14 as well. All these performances paid him rich dividends as the talent scouts selected him for the state junior team which participated in the 40th Junior National Volleyball Championship held at Dehradun, Uttarakhand in January this year.
Volleyball has a star in the making in Omkar and with proper guidance and exposure, he can excel at higher levels of the game in the country and abroad.