Fit India freedom run, cycle rally mark National Sports Day amid lockdown in Imphal

The programme began with floral tributes to the hockey legend major Diyan Chand as National Sports Day is being observed on his birthday.

The Fit India Campaign Committee, Fit India Club department of PESS and NSS Cell, Manipur University, Canchipur under the aegis of Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports, government of India jointly organised an ‘Observance of National Sports Day’ on Saturday morning at Traffic Point, MU, Canchipur as a part of ‘Fit India Movement’.

A release stated that a team of cyclists from Manipur Adventure and Mountain Biking Association (MAMBA) under the leadership of deputy superintendent, RIMS, Dr  Nepram Sanjib Singh, attended the observance and took part in the cycle rally as a part of Fit India Freedom Run.

The observance programme began with floral tributes given to the hockey legend major Diyan Chand as National Sports Day is being observed on his birthday, it stated.

The Twelve Days campaign for Fit India Freedom Run was also flagged off from the Traffic Point, MU, Canchipur along with the observance, it stated. All the participants took part in the Fit India Freedom Run organised inside the university campus and the cycle rally, it stated. 

Vice-chancellor, Manipur University, Jarnail Singh also took part in the Fit India Freedom Run and the cycle rally, it added.

Convenor, FICC and FIC, MU Canchipur L Santosh Singh, welcomed the dignitaries and invitees, it stated. He highlighted the theme of the campaign and importance of observing National Sports Day and Twelve Days campaign for Fit India Freedom Runit stated.

It further stated that head of department of Physical Education and Sports Science, Manipur University, Canchipur professor T Inaobi Singh delivered the keynote address for the programme.

Jarnail Singh as the presidium member expressed the importance of keeping fit and emphasised one should invest in the fitness of body and mind, it added.

Professor R A S Kushwaha expressed that the observation of National Sports Day will certainly enhance the spirit of sportsmanship in our country, it stated. Professor Ch Yashawanta Singh opined that fitness is becoming a primary activity of a person in his daily lifestyle, it stated. The role of sportsmen in every walk of life in the present world has been appreciated with the remembrance of major Diyan Chand as an exemplary sportsman in the country, it added.

Further it stated that professor Th Ratankumar Singh also expressed the importance of running as an exercise. NSS Cell Coordinator, K Shitaljit Singh presented the vote of thanks.

The event was observed with presidium members vice-chancellor, Manipur University Jarnail Singh; dean, School of Human and Environmental Sciences, professor R A S Kushwaha; dean, School of Humanities, professor Ch Yashawanta Singh; dean, Students Welfare, Manipur University cum chairman, Fit India Club, professor Th Ratankumar Singh, it added. 

First Published:Aug. 29, 2020, 9:24 p.m.