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My Olympics dreams shattered: Budhia

india Updated: Apr 15, 2008 01:39 IST
Soumyajit Pattnaik
Soumyajit Pattnaik
Hindustan Times

Budhia Singh, who is currently staying at the government-run sports hostel after parting ways with Biranchi in August last year, said on Monday that he was shattered after hearing his mentor’s death.

“I will miss Sir for the rest of my life. He used to take care of me as a father when I used to stay at the Judo Hall. Sir made me learn how to run. It was because of him that I got a mention in the prestigious Limca Book of Records. My Olympic dream has now been shattered.”

Six-year-old Budhia, however, stayed away from visiting the Judo Hall to pay his respects to his former coach.

On Monday, hundreds of people bade a tearful farewell to the slain coach at the State Judo Association Hall where the body was brought to enable people to pay their last respects.

Earlier the post-mortem was completed at the Capital Hospital in the morning, which established that three bullets had hit Biranchi.

Though five bullets were fired at him, three hit the coach. The body was later taken to Puri for cremation at Swargadwar. Biranchi was the secretary of the State Judo Association.