Rourkela boy Dinesh Kumar is going to open a new chapter in Odisha sports by representing India at cycling event in Bahamas 2017 Commonwealth Youth Games.
He is scheduled to participate in 65-km cycling event on Thursday. He is the only Odia to have been placed in the Indian team. The 17-year-old boy is the first cyclist from Odisha to join the international club. He is all set to make state and country proud by participating at 10-km Cycling Time Trial event scheduled at New Providence in Bahamas.
Minati Mohapatra, the Arjuna awardee as the only cyclist from Odisha, also expressed her happiness over Dinesh’s participation in international cycling event.
Expressing pleasure over participation of Dinesh in international cycling event, his coach Narasingha Sahoo said, “Dinesh is going to be a star, who hails from a poor family. I congratulate him on getting the opportunity to be part of the Indian team to participate in Bahamas 2017 Commonwealth Youth Games.”
“There is no velodrum for cycling in Rourkela, but Dinesh’s own efforts have taken him to Bahamas for participating in his favourite event. Currently, 20 more cyclists are being prepared for upcoming national event in October,” he said.
After Dinesh joined Sai Academy in New Delhi, his interest in cycling brought recognition for him, he added.