India’s teenage marathon sensation Budhia Singh returns to Odisha, says he was on vacation

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India’s teenage marathon sensation Budhia Singh, who believes that he was born to run, returned to Bhubneswar from Mumbai on Thursday.

Rejecting allegations of his abduction, Budhia said “I was on a holiday with my mother.”

Stating that he was not taken to anywhere forcibly, Budhia said he would later decide whether to return to the state-run sports hostel, where he was lodged since 2007 after child right activists alleged he was exploited.

Photo: Budhia Singh
Photo: Budhia Singh

Expressing his satisfaction over the film, Budhia Singh? Born to Run, based on her sons life, Budhia’s mother Sukantio Singh also said they were on a holiday.

Budhia Singh at the age of four came to the limelight after running 65 km between Puri and Bhubaneswar in 2006.

He is now 15-years-old and had gone on summer vacation on 10 May and was supposed to join the sports hostel after vacation on 7 June.

The Nayapalli police had registered a case of abduction on the basis of a complaint filed by Child Welfare Committee (CWC) of Khurda district. They later traced Budhia in Tamil Nadu.

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