Paradip, Jan 3 (LocalWire): Following in the footsteps of Budhia Singh, the world’s youngest marathon runner, five-year-old Budhaditya Mohanty participated ‘unofficially’ in the 14-km-marathon organized here on the occasion of port foundation day, today as he was denied entry.
Gopabandhu Kreeda Sansad, conducted the 17th Paradip Marathon where the child was not allowed as the age limit for the marathon was 18-41 years.
Parents of Budhaditya, hailing from Jharpada Kesura of Bhubaneswar town, forced their way to include their child in the marathon.
His father Debadatta Mohanty claimed his son ran the Goa and Hyderabad marathons which were 42 kms and 21 kms respectively. He also said that Budhaditya is used to running long stretches.
The child used to complete 25 to 30 kms at the age of three and now at the age of five, he runs 65 kms from Palasuni to Puri without taking rest. He walks when he gets tired but never stops during the total length, his father said.
Mohanty also added that on 29 December, his son participated in the police marathon in Bhubaneswar non- officially where Home Minister Dibya Shankar Mishra and the Police Commissioner of Bhubaneswar Sudhansu Sarangi felicitated him.
Working president of Gopabandu Kreeda Sansad, Paradip, Bablu Sikdar, said ‘we were not against the child participating in the marathon but since only 18-41 aged people were allowed to participate by the PPT management, we stopped him.’