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Budhia Singh: Youngest Marathoner of Orissa always in Controversy
"Budhia Singh completed a record breaking 65 kilometer (km) run from Jagannath temple, Puri to Bhubaneswar. He was accompanied by his coach Biranchi Das and Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) jawans. This feat was registered in the Limca Book of Records."
HNF Sports Desk : June 20, 2007
Budhia Singh - the wonder kid has become the sensation among all children and in the sports arena of the country. Born in 2002 this five-year-old boy of Orissa has earned a name for itself as world's youngest marathon runner. Generally considered an athletic phenomenon, Budhia has participated in (and finished) races of up to 60 kilometers (37.3 miles) in roughly six hours and thirty minutes.
On May 1, 2006, Budhia Singh completed a record breaking 65 kilometer (km) run from Jagannath temple, Puri to Bhubaneswar. This feat was registered in the Limca Book of Records.
Budhia's ability to run has led to a certain amount of celebrity status and even made him run on the screen as part of a number of television commercials. These commercials and Budhia's fame have allegedly lead to significant financial gains for which a trust in the name of Budhia is formed. The trust will look after the welfare and proper grooming of Budhia as a sports kid.
With all these achievements of Budhia Singh got worldwide popularity, but the government of his home state Orissa couldn't take it as every others took. Instead of encouraging Budhia to grow further, the sleepy child welfare department of the state preferred to stand on Budhia's runway on the plea that running would harm Budhia and he is exploited by being put into running. Suddenly Budhia became the greatest concern of the department and on 8th May 2006 a Government statement has ordered that he stop running.
Budhia is not only stopped to run, he has also been stopped to walk the 500 kms walkathon from Bhubaneswar to Kolkata over a period of 11 days time. Opposing such a stand of the government, Budhia staged a 2 days dharna and finally went to court blaming the government of being harsh and arbitrary on him.
Everybody is astonished with such action of the Orissa government which is blamed nationally for highest IMR, improper child care facilities and failure in ensuring primary education to all children of the state. With all the achievements so far, Budhia has proved himself to be an extraordinary kid. But why the department treats him as an ordinary one?
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Marathon Kid enters his third home
Bhubaneswar: The five year old marathon kid Budhia Singh shifted to the government run sports hostel at Kalinga Stadium. This is his third home since the fall out with his former coach Biranchi Das. Budhia was living in the infamous slum Salia Sahi with his mother since then.
It was a moment of joy for the other inmates of sports hostel while Budhia's new coach Arun Das was quite excited to get the wonder kid as his new trainee. Arun Das is now busy deriving recreational training modules to give Budhia a whole new experience of running miles. (HNF News)