Guwahati: Although this David Beckham used to play football, he took up cycling in 2017. Currently, he is in Guwahati in Assam to participate in cycling at the ongoing 3rd Khelo India Youth Games 2020.
Shocked? Well, we’re talking about David Beckham, not the star football player but a 17-year-old cyclist from Andaman who is named after the English former professional footballer and current president of Inter Miami CF and co-owner of Salford City.
“My family is a huge fan of David Beckham, so they named me after him. I also became a David Beckham fan. I used to play football. I have played in the Subroto Cup tournament. Then my grandfather asked me to take up cycling,” Beckham was quoted as saying by a Khelo India report.
The cyclist, who has won a silver in a nationals competition, expressed that he started cycling in Delhi in 2017.
“I started cycling in Delhi in 2017. In the beginning, my feet didn’t touch the ground when I sat on the cycle seat. Eventually, I started doing well in the sport. It’s difficult to find facilities for cycling in Andaman, so I have to go to bigger cities for training,” the 17-year-old told Khelo India.
Unfortunately, cyclist Beckham lost his father during the 2004 tsunami and later his mother in 2014 due to an illness.
Currently, he lives with his maternal grandfather. “My mother passed away due to an infection in 2014 and my father passed away due to the tsunami in 2004. I was quite young when my father passed away,” Beckham told Khelo India.
The cyclist looking forward to give his best at the Khelo India Youth Games 2020.