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President Kovind gifts racing bicycle to budding cyclist

New Delhi: In a gesture of motivating youth for nation-building, President Ram Nath Kovind chose a struggling school boy Riyaz, who dreams of excelling as cyclist, to gift him a racing bicycle. The President also wished him to become an international champion of cycling race and realise his dream through his hard work.

The bicycle delivered to Riyaz today (July 31, 2020), a day before Eid-al-Adha, comes as Eidi in true spirit of the festival that is marked by gifts given by elders to youngers. Riyaz’s story is quite educative for those struggling youth who come from the underprivileged class of society and yet dare dream big in their life, read a release by President’s Secretariat.

A student of Class 9 at Sarvodaya Bal Vidyalaya at Anand Vihar in Delhi, Riyaz originally belongs to Madhubani district of Bihar. His family members – his parents, two sisters and one brother – live in Madhubani, while Riyaz stays in a rented accommodation in Maharajpur, Ghaziabad. To supplement his father’s paltry income as a cook, the boy in his free time works in an eatery in Ghaziabad as a dishwasher.

“Motivating youth for nation-building! President Kovind gifted a racing bicycle to a school boy Riyaz who dreams of excelling as a top cyclist. The President wished him to become an international cycling champion and realise his dream through hard work,” tweeted Rashtrapati Bhavan.

“The bicycle delivered to Riyaz today, a day before Eid-al-Adha, comes as Eidi in true spirit of the festival that is marked by gifts given by elders to youngers. Riyaz is a student of Class 9 at Sarvodaya Bal Vidyalaya in Delhi and works as a dishwasher in an eatery in Ghaziabad,” Rashtrapati Bhavan said.

President Kovind wished the boy all the success and said that his story should serve as worthy of emulation for the country’s youth who must come forward for nation-building.

“President Kovind wished him very best in the life and said that his story should serve as worthy of emulation for the country’s youth who must come forward for nation-building by dint of their dedication, hard work, courage and honesty.”

“I can now train well with this gifted cycle, as I didn’t have a cycle till now. I look forward to participating at international level and win medals for the country,” said Riyaz while speaking to ANI.

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