The extent that friends go to help each other seldom ceases to amaze. 31-year-old software engineer Siddharth Kshetri is all set to make it to the Guinness Book of World Records by attempting to break the current record of longest rally of kicks in taekwondo that stands at 50 hours 9 minutes.
He will be the first Indian to challenge this record earlier created by Ronald Sarchian (USA), a professional stuntman from Hollywood. However, what makes his dream to break the record different is that he is doing it for a friend, Mayur Bargaje, who is suffering from cancer.
Bargaje (26) is also a software engineer and is battling for life in a city hospital. Mayur was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (a type of blood cancer) two years ago. He successfully won over the disease but unfortunately it lapsed and now he needs a bone marrow transplant (BMT) and the total cost of this treatment is estimated to be Rs 20 lakh. Bargaje hails from a lower-middle-class family and is the onlybreadwinner.
All their resources were spent for his earlier treatment. Getting the BMT seemed like a financially impossible feat. Keeping that in mind, a group of Bargaje’s friends are trying to raise funds for his treatment.
While everyone is doing their bit, Kshetri, who is a renowned martial arts expert and has been practicing since 15 years, is making his contribution to gather public attention and raise funds by attempting to break a world record. He and his friends intend to appeal for donations to spectators who will be witnessing the record-breaking feat. The event, being held at Sambhaji Park, JM Road, from April 12 to April 14 will also see delegates from fields like sports, entertainment etc.
“Bargaje and I have been friends since five years. His condition and the relapse came as a big shock to us. It is difficult to see such a lively friend fight a battle that might be lost only due to monetary constraints.” Kshetri said, “We are expecting a good turnout as we will be inviting well known figures. Eventually, we hope that people will realise the intensity of Bargaje’s condition and donate for the cause.”
Kshetri will begin his attempt to break the world record on April 12 and continue for the next two days. He is looking to set a new world record of over 57 hours of continuous kicking. The taekwando expert, who is practicing 8 hours daily for the record, is also aspiring to take part in the Rio 2016 Olympics from India.
No mean feat
Siddharth Kshetri, a software engineer working for an IT firm in Hinjewadi already has two world records under his belt. He created a record of maximum number of kicks (68) in 1 minute in 2011 and created another record of maximum number of kicks (3547) in 30 minutes in 2012. This time, Kshetri will attempt to break a record for longest rally of kicks in taekwondo that stands at 50 hours 9 mins, at Sambhaji Park, JM Road, from April 12 to April 14.