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`Vizag run' in December

GET, SET, GO: Film star Sai Kumar speaking at the launch of Vizag run in Visakhapatnam on Monday. From left are badminton champion P. Gopichand, DIG (Visakha Range) N. Madan Mohan, Police Commissioner V. S. K. Kaumudi, Municipal Commissioner N. Srika nth and VUDA Vice-Chairman G. Venkataram Reddy. - Photo: K. R. Deepak  

Special Correspondent

VISAKHAPATNAM: The youth wing of the World Telugu Federation will organise `Vizag run' on December 18.

Former All-England badminton champion Pullela Gopichand and film star Sai Kumar were present at a press conference held here on Monday to announce the details of the event.

``Objective of the Vizag run is to highlight the physical activity in our life style since we are becoming more mechanical and less active,'' Gopichand said.

Vizag run would involve those leading normal and not much interested in physical activity to make them understand the importance of physical fitness, he said.

The first run was held in Pune; it was being held in Hyderabad for the last three years; Mumbai witnessed a run last year and a run was held in Delhi recently.

More than 20,000 participated in the Hyderabad run and at least 15,000 are expected to participate in the Vizag run, Gopichand said. The plan was to conduct the run here every year. The organisers were keen on making the inaugural run a success so that its popularity increased every year.

Police help promised

Sai Kumar said that film glamour was added to the Hyderbad run and efforts would be made to bring some film stars to the Vizag run.

Commissioner of Police V.S.K. Kaumudi released the logo of the Vizag run.

He appreciated the organisers for organising the run which would create a sense of togetherness. Municipal Commissioner N. Srikanth called the Vizag run a good concept and expected it to be a binding factor for Vizagites. He assured that the Beach road would be made ready in all aspects well before December 18.

DIG of Police (Visakha Range) N. Madan Mohan was happy to note that the run was not just for sportspersons alone but for one and all.

He suggested introducing prize money and provide T-shirts to all participants.

Vice-Chairman of VUDA G. Venkatram Reddy welcomed some activity for people.

Children were burdened with studies and not provided with sports facilities. Very few schools could boast of playgrounds, he said.

President of the AP Volleyball Association S. Kodandaramiah said international athletes J.J. Sobha, Geeta and weightlifter P. Shailaja were expected to participate.

President of the youth wing of the World Telugu Federation Kavita Chitturi said that the WTF was promoting Telugu arts and culture.

It was planning to establish a history museum on Kailasagiri.