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Kilkari applauds swift feat of teen

- Felicitation for young winner, salute to the master

Kilkari Bihar Bal Bhavan on Tuesday organised a meet to felicitate the feat of a promising teenager, whose talent has even impressed the President.

Pranab Mukherjee recently awarded Mukesh Kumar, a Class XI student of PN Anglo Sanskrit High School, for his excellent martial art skills.

Kumar received the honour on Children’s Day (November 14) in New Delhi. To make people aware of Kumar’s achievement, Kilkari organised the meet on the premises. According to officials of Kilkari Bihar Bal Bhavan, Kumar has been getting martial arts training for the past four years at Kilkari.

“Mukesh’s father is a labourer in Bazaar Samiti and his mother is a homemaker. We are happy that even with limited resources he has been able to achieve this feat,” said Jyoti Parihar, the director of Kilkari Bihar Bal Bhavan.

Every year, the Union government gives the Rashtriya Bal Puraskar to children for their exceptional performance in education, culture and sports among others. Kumar won silver in the martial arts category. “It’s a big achievement for him and Kilkari Bihar Bal Bhavan,” Parihar added.

For Kumar, the best part of the award ceremony was visiting the President’s residence. “I got a chance to visit Rashtrapati Bhavan. I can’t explain how excited I was when I entered the Bhavan. The entrance looked great. I was also part of a dinner party organised at the Bhavan,” he said.

On his goals, Kumar said: “I would love to take part in the Olympics. Given a chance, I would surely win a medal for my country.”

Narrating Kumar’s schedule, Kumar’s coach Kanhaiya Kumar Singh, said: “Kumar practises a lot. I take two classes in a week but Kumar always asks for extra classes so that he can correct the wrong moves.”