Siddhanth Thingalaya, eyeing Olympics race category where no Indian has participated in 55 years, in dire need of funds; needs Rs 15 lakh to continue training
A 27-year-old athlete from Andheri, who made headlines last June when he created a new national record in the 110m hurdles at the Altis Invitational Meet in Phoenix, Arizona, has hit one of his career’s biggest obstacles. Lack of funds has come in the way of his becoming the first Indian in nearly 55 years to participate in the 110m hurdles at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
Siddhant Thingalaya is training under renowned American speed specialist Gary Cablayan in Los Angeles
Gurbachan Singh Randhawa was the last Indian to race in that category at the 1964 Olympics in Tokyo. Siddhanth Thingalaya, who has been sweating it out under famed American trainer Gary Cablayan in Los Angeles for the last three years, needs around Rs 15 lakh to continue training. His father, Umananda Thingalaya, a retired bank cashier, has already pumped in all his savings into his son’s sporting career.
Last year, Siddhanth, who towers at 6’3″, completed the 110m race at a record-breaking speed of 13.48 seconds, breaking the previous national record of 13.59 seconds. He is currently training for the Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia, and Asian Games in Jakarta, which will be held this year. But, his eye is set on clinching a medal for India at the Olympics 2020 in Tokyo.