Ranveer Singh Saini bags India’s first gold in golf
Fourteen-year old Ranveer Singh Saini was diagnosed with autism when he was two years old. Twelve years later, he has made history by becoming the first Indian at the 2015 Special Olympics to bag a gold, winning the GF Gold-Level 2 Alternate Shot Team Play event on July 31.
Saini’s is a tale of immense hard work and grit. To give credit where it’s due, the Indian Golf Union recognised Saini’s talent and left no stone unturned to ensure he was given proper training, roping in Anitya Chand, a renowned coach to train him. His proud father, Kartikeya Saini appreciated the help the IGU provided and confidently predicted that he was all set to “battle for the country”.
But it wasn’t always easy. As his coach Chand puts it, Saini has come a long way. “It wasn’t as easy as it sounds because the biggest challenge for me was to communicate with him. Soon he realised that he should listen to me and now he hits a 260-yard ball and can play with any normal golfer.”