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Spirited sprint: Schoolchildren taking part in the ‘Olympic Day Run’ led by Municipal Commissioner B.V. Mohan Reddy in Tirupati on Saturday.
Spirited sprint: Schoolchildren taking part in the ‘Olympic Day Run’ led by Municipal Commissioner B.V. Mohan Reddy in Tirupati on Saturday.

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Huge turnout of schoolchildren, sportspersons and even the elderly witnessed

TIRUPATI: A huge turnout of schoolchildren, sportspersons, athletes, veteran sportspersons, serving and retired physical directors besides sports enthusiasts was witnessed at the ‘Olympic Day Run’ organised in the temple city of Tirupati on Saturday under the aegis of the AP Olympic Association.

The ‘run’ which was formally flagged off at the S.V. High School playgrounds amid a sporting fervour, vended its way through the main thoroughfares of the town before culminating at the TUDA Grounds, amid slogans hailing the Beijing Olympics slated to get off to a heady start in China in August this year. The government of India had declared the year 2008 as the ‘Olympic Year’ in commemoration of the international sporting event.

Leading the ‘run’ in the company of an athlete who carried the symbolic Olympic torch, Commissioner and Special Officer of the Tirupati Municipal Corporation B.V. Mohan Reddy has said that the rally was being held to kindle the Olympic spirit among the sports lovers and the general public in the run up to the mega event. He said the ‘runs’ organised in all the districts of the State would culminate at Lal Bahadur Statium in Hyderabad on June 25 providing a grand spectacle. The rally was earlier flagged off by Chairman of the Tirupati Urban Development Authority (TUDA), Ch. Bhaskar Reddy and among others who participated in the run were the District Olympic Association Secretary, G. Krishna Reddy.

Collector leads

KADAPA: District Collector M.T. Krishna Babu led school students in the Olympic Run from Zion College to the municipal stadium here.

Speaking after flagging off the run, he asked youth to draw inspiration from sportspersons representing India in the Olympics. Kadapa DEO G.A. Hemanath, deputy DEO Srinivasa Rao, special officer of sports Narayana, district sports development officer Basha Mohiddin, Zion College correspondent K. Rajarathnam Isaac, coaches and students participated.

KURNOOL: Collector G. Balaramaiah flagged off the Olympic Rally here. MLA M.A. Gafoor, Mayor S. Raghurami Reddy, former MLA T.G. Venkatesh, organising committee president S.V. Mohan Reddy, APSP commandent Bose Reddy and others took part in the run which reached Raj Vihar centre from Outdoor stadium.

Addressing the rally, the Collector said sportspersons were given preference in the jobs in railways and police departments. He observed that sports should be part of the curriculum for their promotion. Mr. Gafoor said students were oriented to excel in studies and scoring high percentage of marks rather than in sports. District Sports Development Officer Nagaraju and others were present.


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