New Delhi: Ahead of 2nd edition of Konark International Cyclothon (KIC) to be held on December 17, a curtain-raiser event was inaugurated in the national Capital today. Minister of Finance and Corporate Affairs Shri Arjun Ram Meghawal flagged off the “Let’s Pedal National Cycling Expedition 2016” at Ghitorni. More than one hundred bicycle enthusiasts, celebrities and corporate leaders participated in the cyclothon covering 20 KMs from Ghitorni to India Gate via Qutub Minar.
Odisha’sPanchayati Raj and Law Minister,Dr Arun Kumar Sahoo joined the closing ceremony at India Gate ate as Chief Guest. Praising the efforts of the organiser, Dr Sahoo reminded the Journey of Late Biju Pattnaik from Cuttack to Peshawar and said that history is repeating itself.Olympian sprinterDutee Chand said that Cycling and swimming is the best sports for fitness and every sports person is trained cycling for increasing stamina.
As per information, more than a thousand cycle enthusiasts will participate in the KIC event covering 90 kms enrouting Dhauli, Puri, Marine drive road and some other heritage places.A selected team of seasoned cyclists will participate in this fortnight long cycle expedition enrouting 20 cities, 6 states and 15 heritage places the team will reach Delhi on 31st December following grand felicitation and cultural fest at Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium on 1st January 2017 on the eve of New Year.