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Hyderabad’s 9–Year-Old Virat Chandra Awarded Rashtriya Bal Puraskar; See Pics

Virat Chandra, a 9-year-old boy hailing from Telangana, is the youngest to climb Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania at the age of seven.

Photos: PM Bal Puruskar Awarded To 9-Yr-Old Telukunta Virat Chandra
Telukunta Virat Chandra, a 9-year-old boy from Telangana, has been awarded with the PM Bal Puraskar in Sports for scaling Mt Kilimanjaro last year. (Image: ANI)

New Delhi: Hyderabad’s Virat Chandra Telukunta, the youngest to climb Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania at the age of seven, was on Monday conferred the Pradhan Mantri Rashtriya Bal Puraskar by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in a virtual event.

Chandra, who hails from Trimulgherry, climbed the Kilimanjaro, the tallest African mountain at about 5,895 metres, on March 6, 2021, along with his coach Bharath Thammineni, a professional mountaineer.

The awards are usually conferred by the President at a ceremony at Rashtrapati Bhawan, with the awardees taking part in the Republic Day parade as well. However, just like last year, the award ceremony took the digital route in view of the COVID-19 situation.

Take a look at his pictures:

Telukunta Virat Chandra was awarded with PM Bal Puraskar in Sports.

The 9-year-old was presented the award for scaling Mt. Kilimanjaro last year.

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 restrictions, the ceremony was held virtually.

“I used to run for 6-7 kms every day, did sit-ups, suryanamaskar, meditation. It was very cold there, but we focused on summit point despite body aches”, Chandra said.

PM Modi took to Twitter to share about his interaction with the children. He wrote: “Earlier today, I got the opportunity to interact with the recipients of the PM Rashtriya Bal Puraskar 2022. These young achievers have done exemplary work across diverse sectors. India is proud of their remarkable achievements.”

Take a look at his tweet:

This year, on the occasion of Republic Day 2022, 29 children have been given the Pradhan Mantri Rashtriya Bal Puraskar for their achievements in innovation (7), social service (4), scholastic (1), sports (8), art and culture (6) and bravery (3).

The National Child Award for Exceptional Achievement was instituted in 1996 to give recognition to children with exceptional abilities and outstanding achievements in the fields of innovation, scholastic achievements, social service, arts & culture and sports. A medal and a cash prize are given to each awardee.

From the year 2018, the award has been renamed as the Bal Shakti Puraskar and achievements of children in the field of bravery are also acknowledged.

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