Yesterday, the FYJC student of Adarsh Vidyamandir (Kandivli) and Nirmal Yadav of Sports Authority of India (SAI) were selected to represent Mumbai district at the state athletic meet through his pentathlon performance in the boys U-16 Mumbai Suburbs Annual Athletic Championship.
Sunny arrived in Mumbai with his father Shambhunath (47) from Bhadohi district of Uttar Pradesh in 2003 with a dream of making it big in sports. As expected, they faced some very hard times, but father and son started seeing better days. Singh Sr found employment and a place to live while Sunny cleared the Sports Authority of India (SAI) trials in 2004, something that earned him an opportunity to live in the SAI hostel.
The pentathlon consists of long jump, high jump, shot put, 800m and 100m hurdles. Sunny led in three events held yesterday. In the first event of the day 100m hurdles he came second behind Nirmal. However, he won the shot put, registering the best throw of 6.95m in his second attempt. Friend Nirmal finished a close second with a throw of 6.61m. The two SAI athletes automatically qualified to represent the district in the high jump event as others failed to turn up. Today, they will participate in the 800m and long jump to decide the placings.
Sunny threw his arms in the air when he went ahead of his rivals in the shot put. “I am immensely excited. The sacrifice that my parents made of living away from each other is slowly bearing fruit. All I want to do now is fare well at the state meet,” Sunny told MiD DAY. “He was always more interested in sports than studies. I am glad that my decision to shift base from UP to Mumbai has helped him. I hope he will make us proud by representing the country,” said an emotional Singh, who couldn’t watch his son in action yesterday.