Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Mar 30:
A decade ago, four-year-old Budhia Singh had become the world’s youngest marathon runner in the Limca book of records in 2006, winning accolades as well as creating controversy.
He ran from Bhubaneswar to Puri at the age of four covering 65 kilometers in seven hours and two minutes.
Budhia is in the headlines again, with Soumnedra Padhi’s film based on on the little marathoner titled “Duronto”being nominated for Best Children’s Film (National). Padhi will get ‘Swarna Kamal’ and cash award of 1.5 lakh, for the movie.
But ironically, the wonder boy who was touted to win an Olympics is today burdened under his school books. He can no longer run even 6 kilometers.
Budhia was taken from his mentor Biranchi Das and admitted to sports hostel.
The 14 year-old is currently studying in an English medium school, DAV Chandrashekharpur on a government scholarship and staying with his family in Salia sahi slum.
He says that he no longer has time to run and is unable to run even 6 kilometers today. He is happy that a film has been made on him and hopes to take up running some day.
Is Budhia a victim of lack of direction and proper guidance?