Hyderabad: Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy, a former cricketer was conspicuous by his absence, as was Sports Minister Vatti Vasant Kumar and state Olympic Association president Lagadapati Rajagopal, at the 25th edition of the Olympic Day Run, which was flagged off from the Lal Bahadur Sastri Stadium on Thursday.
In the absence of Mr Kiran Kumar Reddy, who is still remembered as a talented cricketer in his playing days, Andhra Pradesh Olympic Association Jitender Reddy did the honours and flagged off the run in which thousands of students participated from various schools in the twin cities took part.
The run was flagged from eight centres — Charminar, Victory PG, Hyderabad YMCA, Mehdipatnam, MG Statute (Secunderabad), Bowenpally Cross Roads, Dilsukhnagar TV Tower, and Dr Ambedkar Statue (Tank Bund).
The run is organized every year to commemorate the revival of movement of the Modern Olympic Games.
Addressing the gathering, Mr Jitender Reddy called on the students to take inspiration from hard work put in by national and international sportspersons, to come up in the life.
“Sportspersons toil hard to reach the top. Like them, you should also toil endlessly, then only you will come up in life,” he told the students.
Mr Jitender Reddy further told the students that the members of the AP Olympics Association would provide counseling and guidance to the budding sportsmen and mould their career.
Stating that sports personalities earning both fame and money at international level, he said that there are a lot of opportunities for the young in this field.
Mr Jitender Reddy further advised the students to bring laurels to the nation by participating widely and performing well in Olympic, Commonwealth and other National and International games.
He appealed to parents to encourage children to participate in the sports from their childhood. (INN)