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Psychologist to counsel wonder boy Budhia to return to hostel

Bhubaneswar, Aug 1: Even as wonder boy Budhia Singh left for Delhi for promotion of a movie ‘Budhia Singh, Born to Run,’ a Hindi movie directed by Soumendra Padhi, the Khordha Child Welfare Committee (CWC) on Monday engaged psychologist Prof UN Dash to counsel him to return to the hostel.

The development came after CWC suspected somebody’s role for Budhia insisting on not to return State-run Sports Hostel.

Budhia along with his mother Sukanti Singh on Monday evening left for Delhi for promotion of the movie. The movie is based on Budhia who ran 62 km at the age of just four.

The 14-year-old marathon runner is unwilling to return to the Sports Hostel in the city, where he was staying since 2007 after being separated from his coach late Biranchi Das. He had left the hostel on May 10 during summer vacation and did not return thereafter.

However, Budhia alleges that he was not getting proper training and facilities at the Sport Hostel up to his expectation.

Budhia’s mother Sukanti Singh also said that she would prefer to allow his son to stay at a private place where he would get proper training and can materialize his dream.

The State Government has been paying for Budhia’s education and other facilities since last decade.

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