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Swapna may undergo surgery: Coach

IANS  |  Kolkata 

Heptathlete Barman may need a back surgery, her long-time Subhas said on Friday.

"A cannot be ruled out. She won't compete in any major events in 2019. She has to fully recover first," said on the sidelines of Authority of (SAI) felicitation here.

braved a and to win India's first-ever heptathlon gold medal at the in recently.

The 21-year old returned to the city amidst fanfare on Friday but was down with and

has been struggling with her since 2014 after she took part in the Incheon as a teenager.

The Jalpaiguri girl almost had to pull out of the World Championships last year due to the

Besides injuries, Swapna had to face financial hurdles.

One of the four children of her parents, her life is a story of survival. Her father pulled rickshaw till a forced him to stay at home, while mother worked as a and plucked leaves in the tea garden.

"It will be quite an emotional thing as I will meet my family after more than a year (last time she went home after winning gold at the Asian Athletics in Bhubaneswar in July last year). My mother always asks 'Tui bhalo achis to' (hope you are doing well). I am missing them a lot," Swapna said.

Swapna and her will now go to to meet Dr and other doctors to determine the exact nature of her

Swapna achieved her personal best score of 6026 points in the seven-event competition to earn a first heptathlon gold in



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First Published: Fri, September 07 2018. 21:00 IST