Bhubaneswar: On the occasion of former Chief Minister Biju Patnaik’s birth anniversary, Sports and Youth Services Department (DSYS) on Friday organised a mini marathon at Kalinga Stadium.
Flagged off by Sports and Youth Services Minister Tusharkanti Behera in presence of hockey legend Padma Shri Dilip Tirkey and Sports and Youth Services Principal Secretary Vishal K Dev, the marathon was participated by around 400 people.
Unlike previous editions, the mini marathon this year was closed to public. Sportspersons and officials associated with the department concerned participated in the run in regulated clusters, following COVID-19 guidelines. Hydration points, medical facilities, ambulance service, route markers and course marshals were arranged by the department for the event.
The Minister said, “despite the pandemic, we wanted to host this annual event and keep the legacy going. It is also an initiative to promote fitness. Next year, we hope to conduct it in its usual grand format.”
The Minister called upon all the participants to follow the principles and ideals of the legendary statesman Biju Patnaik.