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Current Location: San Francisco, California, USA

Occupation/Organization: Science Program Lead at United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA)

 

 

Why do you have a career in the sports industry?

I represented India in swimming at the 2004 Athens Olympics and have been a competitive swimmer since I was 8 years old. My sports background, along with my education in the biological sciences, set me up for a career in sports. After I graduated from college, I started working as Science Program Lead at the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA). This was a great opportunity for me to combine my two passions – bioscience and sport.

What is the best part of working in sports?

One of the best parts about working in sports is that you get to be a part of an industry that is constantly pushing the limit of human performance. Every person involved in sports – right from the recreational to the elite level – is always striving to be fitter, stronger, faster, and better than they were the previous day. For me personally, being able to contribute to the field of anti-doping science, and knowing that my efforts are helping protect the hard work of those playing fair, motivates me to push harder every day.

Advice for people trying to break into the sports industry?

There are plenty of direct and indirect ways of being involved with the sports industry. My advice to people trying to break in to the industry would be to capitalize on any opportunity, however big or small, that comes your way. Take time to understand what your core interests and beliefs are, as this will help you find your niche and also stay motivated. As is with any undertaking, hard work and perseverance go a long way.

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