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Sivasagar district administration in association with NGO Tipkai organized a mini marathon ‘Run for Swachhata’ on Sunday.

The mini-marathon was organized to create awareness about cleanliness and health among the people.

The nine-kilometre run began from the Tourist Information Office on the bank of the Borpukhuri (Sivasagar Tank).

It ended at the office of the 149 battalion of CRPF situated at Joysagar.

More than 1,000 enthusiastic participants took part in the run.

Sivasagar deputy commissioner Dr M S Lakshmi Priya and superintendent of police Amitava Sinha flagged off the run in the presence of Moran legislator Chakradhar Gogoi.

Moran MLA Chakradhar Gogoi speaking at the concluding programme. Image: Northeast Now

Speaking at the concluding programme, the Moran legislator urged everyone to make such healthy practices a day to day affair rather than limiting it to just one day.

He also called upon everyone to create awareness about cleanliness and health benefits.

He said health and cleanliness are vital to build a beautiful, progressive and strong nation.

Speaking on the occasion Sivasagar deputy commissioner Dr M S Lakshmi Priya said the district administration has embarked upon an ambitious project of organizing ‘Khelo Sivasagar Khelo’.

It is a grand sporting event encompassing the schools of the district to hone sporting talents and to develop sports culture in the district, she said.

Dr M S Lakshmmi Priya also assured all possible cooperation to encourage the upcoming players of the district.

The deputy commissioner also apprised about the ‘Ronpur Utsav’, which is a part of the initiative ‘Soulful Sivasagar’ to promote tourism sector of the district.

Dr M S Lakshmi Priya also desired active participation and cooperation from everyone to make ‘Ronpur Utsav’ a success which will be held from January 10 to 15 next year.

She also said Assam chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal has termed Sivasagar as the ‘soul of Assam’.

“So it should be the solemn duty of one and all to conserve the pride of the district and work towards taking the historic district to world map,” the deputy commissioner added.

Overwhelmed by the response in the day’s programme, the deputy commissioner also announced to organize a marathon christened ‘Run Rongpur Run’ in the district soon.

Prizes were distributed among the winners of the mini-marathon ‘Run for Swachhata’.

The first position in the women’s category was bagged by Manasi Gogoi while Nadia Pator came second.

Sivasagar deputy commissioner Dr M S Lakshmi Priya honouring septuagenarian athlete Mohitri Handique on the occasion. Image: Northeast Now

In the men’s category, Janmoni Mech bagged the top spot while Rajesh Ronghar came second.

In the under-18 years category, Pragyan Gogoi showed his prowess in the mini-marathon.

Notably, septuagenarian athlete Mohitri Handique who took part in the mini-marathon was honoured with a special prize.

The programme was also attended by district sports officer Sanjay Upadhyaya, sports pensioner Debojit Dutta, treasurer of All Assam Athletic Association sports pensioner Babul Khan, president of Sivasagar District Sports Association Ponaram Mili, sports persons from across the district, sports organizers and a sizeable number of sports lovers.

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