Commonwealth Games 2022 Indian Cyclist Ronaldo Singh And David Beckham Chance To Win Medal In Cycling Competition, Know Everything About Them
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Most of the Indian athletes have left for Birmingham to participate in the 2022 Commonwealth Games. This year 215 athletes will be part of the Indian contingent at the Commonwealth Games. These include 108 men and 107 women players. At the same time, 107 staff will also go to Birmingham with Team India. The Commonwealth Games are starting from 28 July. At the same time, Ronaldo Singh and David Beckham are also participating from India’s side in cycling. This is an event in which the performance of the Indian team has not been special. Nine cyclists participated from India in the 2018 Commonwealth Games, but none of them could win a medal. In such a situation, there will be a lot of expectations from the cycling team this time. Especially Ronaldo and Beckham.
Both these players have been star cyclists of India in the recent past. Both have won many medals in domestic and international tournaments. Ronaldo and Beckham were also honored by Union Sports Minister Anurag Thakur during the kit unveiling and send-off event. Let’s know about them… By the way, David Beckham is very famous in football. He has been a former England captain and everyone is crazy about his free-kick. But the David Beckham we are talking about right now is not England but David Beckham of India. It is not a football but there is a lot of discussion in India about cycling. Beckham’s name was first revealed in 2020. Then Prime Minister Narendra Modi mentioned Beckham in his ‘Mann Ki Baat’ program on 26 January.
The 19-year-old Beckham won the gold medal in the under-17 sprint cycling at the Khelo India Youth Games in the year 2020 with a time of 10.891 seconds. Along with this, he also won a bronze medal in the Under-17 team sprint. For this, PM Modi had praised Beckham fiercely.
The Beckhams live in the village of Parka in Car Nicobar, Nicobar. There he has a small house and he lives with his maternal uncle and maternal grandfather. There, a roadster cycle will also be found behind his house. Beckham has removed its mudguard and top tube so that he can practice with this bicycle in the village.
David’s maternal uncle is a big fan of footballer Beckham. Once in 2002, he was watching a match between England and Argentina in the FIFA World Cup. In this match, footballer Beckham scored a goal on a free-kick. England won the match 1-0 with the help of this goal. After this, the maternal uncle of cyclist Beckham celebrated a lot.
The next year i.e. in 2003, cyclist Beckham was born. Then Mama stubbornly named him David Beckham. 19-year-old Beckham explains that when someone tells him why you don’t play football, he replies – How can you then see the difference between two Beckhams. One has to separate something from the other. I want to be known as cyclist David Beckham. I am proud to be a cyclist.
David considers cyclists Deborah Harold and Iso Alben as his idols. Both of them have won many medals for India. Beckham also wants to illuminate the name of the country like him in the future. Beckham faced many challenges along the way, but he never gave up. When Beckham was one year old, his father died in the 2004 tsunami.
After this, in 2014, his mother also died due to throat infection. Beckham was taken care of by his maternal uncle and maternal grandfather. Beckham explains that he misses his parents a lot.
He says that if he was alive today, he could see me becoming a champion in cycling. Beckham says that he has done well in Khelo India and now wants to take his performance to the next level. His dream is to win a medal in cycling for the country at the Olympics. The story of Ronaldo, a cyclist from Manipur, is also somewhat similar to that of David Beckham. Ronaldo’s late father Robben Singh Lantojami was a CRPF jawan. In 2002, he was posted in Srinagar and was watching the football match between Brazil and England in the FIFA World Cup. Little did he know then that his wife was going to give birth to the first child in Imphal, several thousand kilometers away.
How was the name Ronaldo?
The score was tied 1-1 till the 50th minute of the Brazil vs England match. Brazil then got a free-kick and Robben Singh made a bet with his fellow youngster that Ronaldinho would score on it. That’s what happened and Ronaldinho scored on a free-kick in the 57th minute to give Brazil a 2-1 victory. It was only after this that Robben named his son Ronaldo.
Ronaldo (left) with the Asia Cup Track Championship silver medal
Robben Singh wanted Ronaldo Singh Lantojami to become a footballer too, but Ronaldo listened to his heart and chose cycling instead of football. Later, Ronaldo’s family members also supported him and helped in every possible way. Ronaldo did not let him down after getting support from the family.
In 2016, he was selected by the Sports Authority of India. Ronaldo’s talent and flourished under the supervision of the best coach of SAI. In 2018, Ronaldo Singh was rewarded for his hard work and he was selected in the Indian team for the first time. Then he was only 16 years old.
Ronaldo’s height is 6.1 feet and he gets a lot of advantage in cycling. In 2019, at the age of 17, Ronaldo won the gold medal in the team sprint at the Junior World Championships held in Frankfurt, Germany and became the junior world champion. Ronaldo proved to be the hiding place in the Asia Cup Track Championship in 2019.
He set a new world record in the qualifying round of the 200m time trial sprint with a surf time of 10.065 seconds. After this, Ronaldo won a total of three medals in the 2022 Asian Track Cycling Championships. Ronaldo won a silver medal in the sprint event, one kilometer time trial and one bronze each in the team sprint. He became the first cyclist from India to win three medals in a single championship.
Ronaldo Singh (right)
Ronaldo’s father passed away in 2017. He considers his father as his role model. Ronaldo says that whatever he has learned in life, he has learned from his father. It was the father who helped Ronaldo to become an athlete.
Ronaldo explains that even though his father is not in this world, but whenever he enters a tournament, he meditates on his father. Now Ronaldo’s next target is to win a medal in the Olympics along with getting India a medal in the Commonwealth Games.
Most of the Indian athletes have left for Birmingham to participate in the 2022 Commonwealth Games. This year 215 athletes will be part of the Indian contingent at the Commonwealth Games. These include 108 men and 107 women players. At the same time, 107 staff will also go to Birmingham with Team India. The Commonwealth Games are starting from 28 July.