- 7th Slum Yuva Marathon concludes at Tughlakabad with 3000 participants
- Youth power & sports power will create New India – Sports Minister Vijay Goel
- Youth must promote sports for healthy living – Sakshi Malik, Olympic Wrestler
- Such sporting initiatives unite & encourage the youth – Ramesh Bidhuri, MP
09 July, New Delhi – Union Minister of Youth Affairs & Sports Vijay Goel today flagged off the 7th Slum Yuva Daud with Ramesh Bidhuri (MP) and Olympic medallist and ace wrestler Sakshi Malik. Today’s marathon started from Tughlakabad Fort (village) and ended at Karni Singh Shooting Range. More than 3000 youth from Delhi slums participated with chants of Vande Mataram & Bharat Mata Ki Jai (Hail Motherland).
Addressing the participants Goel said, “This is not just any other run but we are running for a better tomorrow, a New India where each youngster is a capable being and sports being one field in which we must grow big and powerful.” Olympic medal winner and ace wrestler Sakshi Malik urged the youth to participate in sporting activities and promote healthy living and cited sports & youth as two pillars of India’s greatness. Ramesh Bidhuri said, “Such sporting events promote unity among youth and encourage them to take up sports and other constructive activities. Sakshi Malik gave a thumbs up to the Sports Ministry’s initiative of Slum Yuva Daud and called it a ‘great way” to tap young talent.
All chief guests encouraged the youngsters to follow the path of “Ek Bharat Shrestha Bharat” to create a “New India” which PM Narendra Modi has dreamt of, a New India where each section gets equal benefits of schemes and policies with these youngsters as the future leaders in their respective fields. Goel also interacted with the participants via quiz contests, songs etc. and asked them to retain their shirts, medals and certificates as these would help them gain access to a mega programme being planned with all the participants of 11Slum Runs.
The Slum Yuva Daud is part of the Adopt Slum Campaign initiated by the Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sports and Nehru Yuva Kendra Sangathan which aims at highlighting the government’s pro-people schemes among masses. Goel further stated that the “Adopt a Slum” campaign will involve groups like NSS, public schools, RWAs, NGOs, rotary clubs etc. A total 11 Slum Yuva Runs have been planned out of which 7 have already been successful with mass participation youth from various Delhi slums. The 8th Slum Yuva Daud is scheduled for
15 July, 2017.