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Marathon boy Budhia to attempt 500-km walkathon despite ban

Marathon boy Budhia Singhs mother Sukanti Singh has challenged the Child Welfare Committees (CWC) decision to bar him from undertaking a 500-km walkathon.

Bhubaneswar, May 26 : 'Marathon boy' Budhia Singh's mother Sukanti Singh has challenged the Child Welfare Committee's (CWC) decision to bar him from undertaking a 500-km walkathon.

"The CWC is harassing Budhia Singh. Where were they when Budhia was starving? Has the committee ever thought of giving food and shelter to us? If being a mother, I am not feeling pained, then who are they to put such a ban?" asked Sukanti.

Budhia plans to undertake the walkathon next month from Bhubaneshwar to Kolkata, a distance of 500 kilometres.

The ban was imposed by the Khurda District CWC on the grounds that the kid would not be able to undertake the eleven-day walk with the summer at its peak.

"The CWC is a statutory commission. It can take legal action", said R S Mishra, Chairman of CWC.

Organisers said they would go ahead with the walkathon.

"Budhia will walk the 500 km from Bhubaneshwar to Kolkata on June 6, this is confirmed. When the CWC has no legal jurisdiction, how are they saying this?" said Biranchi Das, Budhia's coach and Managing Trustee of the Budhia Singh Trust.

Officials here had earlier rained praises on the boy as the media raced to cover his every step. But leading rights bodies later criticised the State Government and Budhia's coach for endangering the boy's health.

Doctors of a state-run hospital, who had examined Budhia's health after the 65 kms run, said his protein catabolism rate was high and he was under "cardiological stress."

Doctors held if the child continued to run such long distances, it might aggravate his condition and lead to renal failure.

Budhia, who surprisingly does not feel pain or exhaustion, has often said running comes naturally to him.

The five-year-old Budhia had become a celebrity after his non-stop 65-km run from Puri to Bhubaneshwar in 2005. The Limca Book of Records had also recorded his feat on May 2, 2006.


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