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


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

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.