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Orissa govt to watch and wait for Marathon Budhia

Written by: Staff

Bhubaneswar, May 10: The Orissa government has deferred its decision to stop Budhia Singh from running marathon.

'' We are far more concerned for the child after the initial medical reports. While we await the final report of the medical board on Budhia Singh's health including MRI and dope tests, it was decided to hold back the earlier decision'', Minister for Women and Child Development (WCD) Pramila Mallick told reporters here yesterday.

Meanwhile, Singh's coach, Biranchi Das threatened to initiate legal action against those responsible for ordering and conducting medical examinations. The initial medical reports found Singh with problems not condusive for his further marathon foray.

'' I am going to move Orissa High Court against doctors, child welfare committee members, police and government officials tomorrow for the manner in which they conducted Budhia's medical test'', he said.

''However, the minister Dismissed the threats If the child is okay, why is the coach trying to avoid the tests? We will go ahead with the medical advice even if the coach moves court,'' she asserted.

A five-member team including development commissioner, A.K.Tripathy, WCD secretary, deputy director of health department, chairman of child welfare commitee of Khurda district and the minister are deliberating on various aspects of the report of the medical board.

The WCD minister said the state government will take all possible care to harness the talent of Singh.

Five year-old Budhia earned a place in the Limca Book of Records on May 2 after running a mind-boggling 65 km from Puri to Bhubaneswar in 7.02 hours.

However, the record run stirred controversy with the state government, media and people expressing dismay over the child being made to run long distance.


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