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Life on the greens beckons Ranveer
Sharmistha Chaudhuri , Hindustan Times
April 30, 2013
First Published: 00:12 IST(30/4/2013)
Last Updated: 00:14 IST(30/4/2013)

With Jeev Milkha Singh as an uncle and the father a golf coach, how can one stay away from the sport?

For Ranveer Saini, golf is a way of life. The 12-year-old took up the sport three years back and last week, brought home golden glory. Representing India at the Asia Pacific Special Olympics Golf Masters in Mac-au, the city lad grabbed two gold medals (Levels 1 and 2).

"His tee shots were touching almost 140 yards," said father, Kartikay. The golden performance will guarantee Ranveer a berth in the World Special Olympics to be held at Los Angeles in 2015.

“Ranveer comes from a family of golfers. We've always wanted him to be involved in the sport without feeling inhibited. Once he started playing, we decided to let him train under Anitya Chand, the junior national coach,” said Kartikay.

Other than playing the course, Ranveer undergoes eight therapy sessions a week which help him focus on the game. The sessions include occupational, audiology and sensory therapies, which help him with his swing, physical fitness and communication among other things.

A class VII student of the Scottish High Interna-tional, golf is a major part of Ranveer's life but he hasn't let go off other dreams. He won gold at the Delhi Horse Show two years back and has also passed the second level in piano from Trinity College. With such diverse interests, sky is the limit for this youngster.


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