BUDHIA SINGH, the boy who shot to fame when he ran a distance of 65kms at the age of four has not returned to the Bhubaneswar's Sports Authority of India (SAI) hostel for more than a week.
Reports by Indian Express suggests that the letters sent by the teachers to his house had gone unanswered but his elder sister informed that the 13-year-old boy is at his uncle's place and is expected to return later this month.
Budhia has voiced his opinion about not liking the hostel. The SAI hostel is where the state government takes care of his education, clothes and food. In April this year, while talking to Indian Express he said,
"All that I am getting to run in the hostel is a measly 1,500 metres. I’m being told to improve my speed by my coach, but I don’t know how far it would help me. I don’t like running sprints, but that’s what I am being asked to. I want specialised coaching for marathon running. I believe that I’m born to run marathons. Even now, I can run for more hours without getting tired. I’m neither getting the required coaching nor the food. I get just about 3 to 4 pieces of chicken, while I was being fed more by Biranchi sir when I was four years old. I feel like I’m in a jail. I want to leave the hostel."
He further expressed that he was unhappy about the regiment that he had to follow in the hostel.
"I wake up at 5 and then practice at the stadium between 6 am to 8.30 am. Then I go to school and come back by 4.30 pm. I practice at the stadium between 5 pm to 7 pm after which I sit down for studies."
If his sister is to be believed he will return to the hostel later this month or will he? One will have to wait and see.