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Saksham Cyclothon Bhubaneswar wraps up successfully
Sportslogon Team February 4th 2018

Bhubaneswar : A first of its kind premier Cyclothon event under the banner of Saksham Cyclothon Bhubaneswar was flagged off from Kalinga Statdiumhere o0n Sunday.

Organized under the dynamic leadership of Mr. Dharmendra Pradhan, the young and energetic Minister for Petroleum & Natural Gas and Skill Development & Entrepreneurship, the cyclothon attracted around more than 10,000 participants from all walks of life including officials from various Ministries and the Oil Industry, Sports personalities i.e. first Odia Arjun awardee Minati Mohapatra -cyclist, Hockey player V.R.Raghunath, Athlete Amiya Kumar Mallik , Cricketer Paresh Patel from Odisha, cricketer Munaf Patel, tennis player Poulomi Ghatak and others, Odia cinestar Mihir Dash, Anu Choudhury, Sabyasachi Mishra and Archita Sahu, school and college children cycling professionals. Minister Dharmendra Pradhan, he himself lead the 11 km Green and Fun Ride amidst great excitement and fan-fare to create awareness for cycle.

The genesis of this Cyclothon lay in Prime Minister Narendra Modi appeal to people in his monthly radio show Mann Ki Baat about avoiding the use of petrol & diesel for one day in the week to conserve fuels and contribute towards Nation building.

The promotion of cycling through this event is aimed at instilling socio-environmental consciousness among citizens towards the larger aim of conserving foreign exchange on fuel imports.

Speaking on the occasion, Pradhan said that benefits of cycling are not only limited to protect environment or fuel conservation but it also carries huge health and fitness dividends.

Based on the distance to be covered, the Cyclothon featured three categories – Saksham Elite Race (Men – 33 km/women-22 km), and Saksham Green Ride (11km) from Kalinga Stadium to Khandagiri via Jaydev Vihar Chhak and back to Kalinga Statdium in the same route.

While the Elite categories were for serious cyclists, the 11 km Green Rides allowed participants to experience the joy of cycling, while promoting fuel conservation, with the underlying message of reducing excessive dependency on oil for a cleaner and greener environment.

The winner in the Elite (Men’s) category, Rajesh from Tamil Nadu won a cash prize of Rs 1.25 Lakhs, while the Elite Women’s championship Rutuja won Rs 1.0 Lakh. Over 10,000 cyclists participated in the Green ride. Cash prize Rs. 6 lakhs were awarded across various categories. In addition, 50 cycles were distributed to participants through a lucky draw.

The Bhubaneswar cyclothon was organized by Petroleum Conservation & Research Association (PCRA), and supported by the oil companies viz. IOCL, BPCL, HPCL, ONGC, GAIL, OIL, MRPL, CPCL, NRL and IGL with technical guidance from Cycling Federation of India. .
This news was added and updated on : February 4th 2018
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