“If athletes get support from the junior level they are bound to do better in the future,” 16-year-old Indian athlete Beant Singh had said after winning the gold in the 800m event at the Asian Youth Athletics Championships staged in Doha earlier in 2015. “People have started to know me after my medal and hopefully the support will come.”
Sportskeeda is delighted to announce that our crowdfunding campaign to raise the money required by Beant to carry on his high altitude training in Ooty met resounding success. We had teamed up with BitGiving, a crowdfunding platform that helps individuals and organisations raise funds online, and we managed to cross the target of 50,000 in just two days, collecting Rs 63,200 in total.
Beant, who hails from the Asanth village of Karnal district in Haryana, has set big expectations for himself, with his ultimate dream being to win an Olympic medal for India. But as has been the case with many other talented sportspersons in the country, he has struggled to find the finances to support his training on a consistent basis.
Anglia Medal Hunt Company, an organisation that supports young talent to achieve international sporting success, has been taking care of his equipment costs. However, the high altitude training in Ooty that is required to increase his stamina and reach his potential at the international level needed much more funding – Rs. 20,000 per month to be precise.
Before the IAAF World Youth Championships, which were recently held in Cali, Colombia, Beant had said: “I want to beat the Indian national record there. I know I can run under 1:50. I have done it in training and I aim to run it at the championships.”
Singh was unfortunately not able to achieve his target as he finished 6th in the 800m event, clocking a time of 1:52:53. He will be hoping to do much better at the Youth Commonwealth Games which takes place in September.
And with the money we have been able to raise for him, Beant will not have to worry about the training aspect any more.
With an idol in the form of Sushil Kumar, who has won medals at the last two Olympics, Beant has all the motivation to achieve his target, and he has the full backing of his coach.
“If I ask athletes to do six sets, Beant will do 12, such is his determination. His speed and endurance are very good ad he wants to win an Olympic medal like Sushil Kumar,” Beant’s coach Dinesh Rawat said.
We sincerely thank everybody who pitched in with contributions to help Beant, and we wish him all the best for the future.