PM Modi to flag off 'Run for Rio'

The Prime Minister will also release a publication of SAI on 'Indian Olympics Journey' which will carry interesting information on country's Olympics achievements and preparations for the future.

Sports Minister Vijay Goel during a press conference in New Delhi on Monday.   -  PTI

Sports Minister Vijay Goel announced on Monday that his Ministry and the Sports Authority of India are organising a mass run called 'Run for Rio - Khelo aur Jiyo" on July 31 at 7:00 am. with a view to build Olympic mood in the countr, especially when India is sending its largest ever contingent of 119 athletes.

He said around 20,000 school children will participate in the Run, which will be flagged off by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The Run will commence from Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium and conclude at Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium.

The Prime Minister will also release a publication of SAI on 'Indian Olympics Journey' which will carry interesting information on country's Olympics achievements and preparations for the future.

"The objective of the Run was to not only demonstrate to our athletes that the whole country is proud of them and wishes them all the best in the forthcoming Rio Olympics competitions, but also to connect public at large, especially children and youth, with the Olympic spirit and power of sports," said Goel.

He said that it is for the first time that a mass run of such magnitude is being held to celebrate the spirit of Olympics in the country. Similar Runs on a smaller scale will be held in the SAI Regional Centres at Sonepat, Kolkata, Bhopal, Gandhinagar and Thiruvananthapuram.

Delhi Police will look after the entire security throughout the route. Giant screens will be located at strategic points for enabling each and every participant to witness the address of Prime Minister before he flags off the Run.

The run from the National Stadium to Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium will be flagged off by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.