After running in marathons around the world, 101-year-old Fauja Singh will be participating in Standard Chartered Mumbai Marathon that takes place on Sunday. Fauja will be taking party in the senior citizens category, and will be gracing the Mumbai event for the same reasons he goes everywhere else - charity.
The money raised from his participation at the marathons goes to many charitable trusts. "My son, who lives in England, has been my source of inspiration. We were seeing a marathon once on television and I wondered why the people were running pointlessly. I decided to run my first 20 kms in the London Marathon in 1992 under the training of my coach Harminder Singh and thus began my journey,” said the veteran at a press conference on Friday.
Fauja was in good spirits in the city, that he used to called 'Bamba' before arriving in Mumbai. "I’m enjoying the recognition I receive when I run these marathons. I get invitations from all over the world and that keeps me motivated and geared up," he said.
For fans, this will be one of the last few times that they will see their favourite athlete run. The 'Turbaned Tornado' will run his last race in Hong Kong on February 24, 2013. For now he's hoping that the Mumbai Marathon won't be as much of a challenge as New York 2003 - an event he "nearly collapsed at."
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