By Vanshika Thakur
Riyaz, an aspiring cyclist and Class 9 student in the national capital, got his ‘Eidi’ on Friday when President Ram Nath Kovind gave him a racing bike to help him make his vision of being a world-class cyclist come true.
A Sarvodaya Bal Vidyalaya student at Delhi’s Anand Vihar, Riyaz originally belongs to Bihar’s Madhubani district.
His family, consisting of parents, two sisters, and a nephew, lives in Madhubani while Riyaz stays in a rented house in Maharajpur, Ghaziabad, according to a statement released by Rashtrapati Bhavan.
The boy in his spare time works as a dishwasher in an eatery in Ghaziabad, it said, in order to supplement his father’s paltry income as a chef.
The president came to learn about the story of Riyaz battling through media coverage. The boy took professional training from coach Pramod Sharma who regularly trains him in Delhi’s Indira Gandhi Indoor Stadium.
Unfortunately for his practice, Riyaz had to rely on a borrowed sports cycle and all that the budding champion wanted was his own bike. His wish was finally granted on the occasion of eid.
“In a gesture of motivating youth for nation-building, President of India, Ram Nath Kovind chose a struggling schoolboy Riyaz, who dreams of excelling as a cyclist, to gift him a racing bicycle,” the statement said.