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Body-builder eyes title

Imphal, July 13: HIV-positive body-builder Kh. Pradipkumar Singh is positive of getting a chance to vie for the coveted Mr World title.

Pradipkumar Singh, who had to remain content with a bronze medal in the Mr World Contest in Bangkok in 2012, feels that if his body permits and he has sufficient funds, he will do his best for the big day.

“Every body-builder dreams of the Mr World title. I want to represent the country. But I do have my constraints of finance, diet and the absence of a proper sports policy,” he said.

Pradipkumar Singh, who had recently been provided a post of physical education teacher by the youth affairs and sports department as instructor in the regular coaching course, is upbeat that the government is finally helping him.

He had been the brand ambassador of Manipur AIDS Control Society since 2008 till 2013 until the state government’s offers materialised.

Pradipkumar got to know his HIV-positive status in March 2000 and declared his status in the media in 2007.

He was all praise for the state government. He felt that the kind gesture of his appointment showed that the government does not discriminate against the HIV-affected.

He added that he had not even dreamt of such a performance after being tested HIV-positive.

On his current job, Pradipkumar said he will always remain loyal to his profession and will leave no stone unturned to train other bodybuilders. He added that some of the equipment provided to the body-builders are rusted and outdated.The body-builder appealed to the youth affairs and sports department to upgrade the equipment.

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