Mr. Krishnamoorthi says the Ministry’s announcement selecting Aswin for the award was a surprise for his wife and him as well because at the time of applying, they were under the impression that it was for an award to be presented by the district Collector on Children’s Day.
They applied at the insistence of the former Secretary of the Coimbatore Cycling Association P. Nagaraj.
The boy began his tryst with cycling at eight when his father noticed him performing stunts with his bicycle. “He was too attached to his bicycle and stunts that it was difficult for me to ask him to take up serious cycling,” says Mr. Krishamoorthi, a cyclist himself.
Aswin’s paternal grandfather P.G. Jayaraman is also a cyclist.
Aswin practices two hours a day near his home in Kovaipudur. He does an additional hour or so during weekends under his father’s supervision. He has participated in a couple of state, and national events and won prizes.
He says his aim is to win prizes at the national and international level.