Sprinter Lokesh Kumar, 15, has been consistently coming to the platform at the Delhi state meet throughout the most recent couple of years. At the as of late closed release, he got done with silver decorations in the (U-16) 100 and 300m occasions in spite of being sick.
The promising sprinter, who needs to change into the 400m occasion this year, has been hit by a detour that he fears could nip his promising sports profession — absence of assets. Lokesh lives in a solitary room leased convenience with his group of four. Lokesh’s dad, a cycle cart driver, has been generally unemployed since the pandemic, and mother functions as a homegrown assistance at the cottages nearby.”I don’t have the means to take back and forth transport from Shahdara to my preparation ground (Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium). We don’t have the means to get milk routinely, so I drink warm water and practice. Legitimate eating regimen is an extravagance I can’t bear to dream about right now,” says Lokesh.Lokesh trains under Delhi-based mentor Vipin Kumar, who mentors his ward liberated from cost as well as furnishes him with preparing units and normal financial assistance.
“I’m making an honest effort yet since the pandemic, everything has changed. A ton of understudies have left and I have restricted assets. He is a decent ability and I would be a disgrace on the off chance that he needs to stop in light of monetary reasons,” says Vipin, who feels Lokesh can finish 400m under 49s.
Lokesh, a class 10 understudy at the public authority run Sarvodaya Co-Ed Vidyalaya in RK Puram, harbors fantasies about becoming showbiz royalty on the sports circuit. “I need to prepare hard and turn into a top competitor. In any case, I am frightened. My father has told me if things don’t transform, I would need to go with him to work,” says Lokesh.