President Ram Nath Kovind gives racing bike to schoolboy who dreams of excelling as a cyclist

NEW DELHI : Riyaz, an aspiring cyclist and class 9 student in the nation’s capital, got his “Eidi” on Friday when President Ram Nath Kovind gave him a racing bike to help him achieve his dream of becoming a class cyclist global.

A pupil of Sarvodaya Bal Vidyalaya at Anand Vihar in Delhi, Riyaz originally belongs to the Madhubani district in Bihar.

His family, consisting of parents, two sisters and a brother, live in Madhubani, while Riyaz stays in rented accommodation in Maharajpur, Ghaziabad, according to a statement released by Rashtrapati Bhavan.

To supplement his father’s meager income as a cook, the boy works in his free time at a restaurant in Ghaziabad as a dishwasher, he said.

Riyaz’s passion is cycling, and he trains hard after his studies and work. In 2017, he won a bronze medal at the Delhi State Cycling Championship.

He then participated in a school games event in Guwahati, according to the district magistrate of Ghaziabad, and reached the fourth rank nationally.

The president learned the story of Riyaz’s struggle through media reports.

The boy received professional training from coach Pramod Sharma, who regularly trains him at the Indira Gandhi indoor stadium in Delhi.

Unfortunately, Riyaz had to depend on a borrowed sports bike for his practice, and all the aspiring champion wanted was a bike of his own. His wish was finally granted on the occasion of Eid.

“In a gesture of motivating young people for nation-building, the President of India, Ram Nath Kovind, chose Riyaz, a struggling schoolboy who dreams of excelling as a cyclist, to offer him a racing bike, “the statement read.

The president also wished him to become an international champion and to realize his dream through his hard work.

The bicycle delivered to Riyaz on Friday, a day before Eid-al-Adha, comes like Eidi in the true spirit of the festival which is marked by gifts offered by elders to young people, he said.

Congratulating Riyaz on his defiant achievements, President Kovind wished him the best in life and said his story should be worthy of emulation for the youth of the country who must come forward for nation-building through their dedication, hard work, courage and honesty.

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