An Indian golfer, who has been living with autism since he was two years old, has won India’s first gold at the Special Olympics World Games in Los Angeles, according to reports. Ranveer Singh Saini, 14, achieved the feat in GF Golf-Level 2 Alternate Shot Team Play event on Friday, PTI reported.
Ranveer and his partner Monica Jajoo were nine shots clear of joint second-placed teams from Hong Kong (Tsz Leung Chung-Ka Kit Lam) and Nippon (Takefumi Hiyoshi-Tadatoshi Sakai). The Gurgaon-based teenager was diagnosed with autism, a neurological disorder characterized by impaired social interaction, at the age of 2. He took to the sport at the age of nine.
Two years ago Saini became the first Indian golfer to win two gold medals at the Asia Pacific World Games. After being impressed by Ranveer’s performances at the international level, the Indian Golf Union went all out in motivating renowned coach Anitya Chand to train the kid.
Anitya Chand who has coached Ranveer right from the onset f his career said, “From holding a club for the first time to winning in Macau, Ranveer 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 realized that he should listen to me and now he hits a 260 yards ball and can play with any normal golfer.”