A video of a barefoot sprinter, Rameshwar Gurjar from Madhya Pradesh, completing a 100-metre lap in 11 seconds went viral on social media.
On Friday night, former Madhya Pradesh chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan shared it on Twitter, urging India’s sports ministry to take note.
He wrote, “India is blessed with talented individuals. Provided with right opportunity & right platform, they’ll come out with flying colours to create history! Urge @IndiaSports Min. @KirenRijiju ji to extend support to this aspiring athlete to advance his skills!”
The same night, Union Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju reacted to the video, saying that he would arrange for the 19-year-old to be admitted to an athletics academy in the country.