BhanuBhai Bharvad,a Police Constable from Ahmedabad will represent India in World Stage
Mr. Bhanubhai Bharvad, a Policeman and a very dedicated athlete from Vinatalav, Ahmedabad has been selected to represent India in World Masters Athletics tournament in France 2015-Lyon.
World Masters Athletics is the worldwide governing body for the sport of Masters Athletics– which includes Track and Field, Cross country and Road Running events – as participated by people over 35 years of age.
Bhanubhai has been regularly competing in National level competitions since 15 years while working for Police. For the last 4 years he has been winning the first prize in 400,800 and 1500 meter road running events in Gujarat State level Meet.
This year in April he competed in the category of 400 meter road running event in Goa organised by Masters Athletic federation of India (MAFI) and grabbed the opportunity to represent India in Lyon.
A Milkman’s son and a father of two kids, Bhanubhai has been working in Police since 1996, when asked how do you manage Police duty as well as fitness practices, he said “I practice from 5 am in the morning Before going to duty at 8 AM, you know in Police Department sometimes you get night shifts as well, those days I practice in the evening”
“ I used to practice running even before joining Police, what happens when you join police, people stop taking care of their fitness , I never stopped, if you are fit its easier to catch criminals ” he said.
In a middle class household to travel to France needs a lot of money, when asked how are you funding your France trip, he said “My Police Department has already written a letter to Government, they told me to keep all the bills to get the expenses reimbursed” however for this trip he has withdrawn 80% money (5 Lakh) from his entire life time saving GPF.
“You get this kind of chance once in your lifetime; I will do whatever it takes to compete in the tournament” he said
As we were talking to him this morning over phone he was travelling to Ahmedabad airport to catch a flight to Mumbai, he departs for France tomorrow from Mumbai.
If you want to donate to this champion athlete fund his travel and stay in France, you can donate here, you can donate as little as 10€ .
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