A 16-year-old boy from Moshi in Pimpri-Chinchwad has made the country proud by winning Gold medal at the Special Olympics World Games being held in Los Angeles in the United States of America (USA).
Sachin Sharma is a special child. He participated in singles, doubles and mixed event of Badminton and won Gold in single category.
Sachin lives in Moshi with his father Satish Sharma, who is a supervisor in Sky Line transport company. The family hails from Haryana. Sachin’s mother died when he was few years old. Since then his father moved to Pune with his two children.
Sachin’s first coach was his father who himself used to play Badminton during his college days. Sachin studies at Sai Sanskar, a school for mentally challenged children in Sambhajinagar in Chinchwad. Everyday he completed rigorous exercises. Till now he has won 20 medals.
In April his father spent Rs 1.5 lakh for his stomach surgery and doctors had advised him three months rest. However he participated in the national sports camp in Chennai within two months and got selected for the Special Olympics.
Talking about Sachin’s achievement, his father said, “My son has become a world champion by winning Gold for Bharat. He didn’t care for his body when the call came to participate in the Chennai national sports camp. Initially everybody said that it was impossible for Sachin to win. Myself and Sachin had a dream, which has come true now.”
Satish Sharma said that his wife Usha Devi had named their son Sachin after getting inspired by sportsmanship of Cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar. He alleged that even after being selected for the Special Olympics nobody came forward to help his son.