Thursday, Dec 24, 2020 07:00 [IST]
Last Update: Thursday, Dec 24, 2020 01:31 [IST]
GANGTOK : Sports department on Wednesday launched the ‘Chief Minister’s Golden Mile Run’ at block-level across the State.
Addressing a press meet here, Sports secretary Raju Basnet informed that on the occasion of National Sports Day 2020 celebration, Chief Minister P.S. Golay had envisioned of having a one-mile run at every block of the State engaging children of various ages.
As per the Chief Minister’s vision and directives of Sports minister K.N. Lepcha, the department has started the one-mile run programme at block level, it was informed. Officials and PET teachers at various blocks and districts are on the field to make the run a success, said Basnet.
The Sports secretary mentioned that priority is to engage children below 14 years of age so talented children can be groomed for future initiatives.
Sports additional director Doma T. Bhutia spoke on the aims and objectives of the one-mile run programme. As the run is just one mile (1.6 km), all children can participate and enhance their capacity to complete the run in a short time by which their stamina and endurance improves, she said.
Starting January 2021, we have planned to conduct the run every Saturday, said the Sports additional director.
The Sports department is also promoting club culture in Sikkim as directed by the Chief Minister, it was informed.
By encouraging club culture, the department aims to promote clubs so that rural talents can be spotted and trained for future competitions, said the Sports secretary.
The one-mile run was held in various blocks of the State including Mangan, Geyzing and Namchi.