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Maharashtra Government extends support to hurdler Siddhanth Thingalaya for 2020 Olympics

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436   //    06 Dec 2017, 12:10 IST

Siddhanth Thingalaya
Siddhanth Thingalaya

The Ministry of Education & Sports, today extended its support & co-operation, by providing a grant of Rs. 5 lakhs, to 110 m hurdles and national record holder Siddhanth Thingalaya under Mission Olympics 2020.

Siddhanth expressed his gratitude by thanking the Hon. Chief Minister of Maharashtra Shri Devendra Phadnavis, Shri Vinod Tawde Minister of Education and Sports Govt of Maharashtra and Shri Sunil Kendrekar, Commissioner Sports for the grant under the Mission Olympics 2020, which will help him extend his international training and enable him to improve his timing by competing against world-class hurdlers.

Siddhanth is looking forward to additional such support on a regular basis from the Central Government by inclusion into the TOPS scheme.

Siddhanth said, “I am overwhelmed on receiving the grant under Mission Olympics 2020 from the Government of Maharashtra at a crucial time. It will encourage me to work harder and achieve a podium finish at various forthcoming national and International events including Olympics 2020. I extend my sincere thanks to the Chief Minister Shri Devendra Fadnavis, Education and Sports Minister Shri Vinod Tawde and Sports Commissioner Mr Sunil Kendrekar."

Siddhanth Thingalaya, 110-meter Hurdler who is preparing for a podium finish at events in the run-up to the Japan Olympics 2020, is a track and field athlete from Mumbai who specializes in the 110-meter hurdles.

He holds the current national record in 110 m hurdles with a time of 13.48 seconds, set at Altis Invitational Meet, USA in June 2017.

Currently, Siddhanth is being trained by Gary Cablayan, who is a certified USA track and field coach in the sprints, hurdles and relays. His expertise as an elite speed specialist and he has been training many NFL players like DeSean Jackson and John Ross (American football).

Such continuous support from the government encourages budding Athletes to perform and aim to achieve a podium finish.

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