Teenage cyclist from Assam chasing Paralympics dream seeks help
Seventeen-year-old Abhishek Gogoi from Guwahati in Assam has an interest in many sports. He is especially gifted in cycling in which he currently has a national record of 19 minutes and 21 seconds.
This is the twelfth fastest timing in the world for the 10-km individual time trial in the Special Olympics category.
Gogoi, who was born with cerebral palsy, set this record at the Cycling NCC-National Championship 2018 held from 4 to 9 January at Ranchi in Jharkhand. Gogoi won the first position in the 5-km and 10-km events.
The record has qualified him to take part in the Summer Special Olympics to be held in March 2019 in Abu Dhabi.
Gogoi lost his father to cancer a few years ago. He does not own a bike and practices on a borrowed bike. He has taken part in events on borrowed bikes as well.
Gogoi has been invited to take part in a training camp in Rajasthan that starts on 19 June 2018 for the Special Olympics 2019 qualifiers. For this, he needs his own cycle.
His mother is the only breadwinner for the family and cannot afford to buy a cycle for him as she has to provide for him and his sister. He doesn’t have the resources to fund his dream.
Competing at an International level requires high end equipment and Gogoi has now reached out for support on a major online platform.
Apart from a race ready cycle, he also needs a good quality helmet, cycling shoe, clip pedals, jersey, shorts, and gloves.