New Delhi, July 10: Union Sports Minister Vijay Goel and Minister of State for Information and Olympic medalist ace wrestler Sakshi Malik yesterday flagged off the seventh Mega Slum Yuva Daud. Thousands of youth from Delhi slums participated in the run which started from Tughlakabad Fort village and ended at Karni Singh Shooting Range.
Addressing the participants Goel said, that This is not just any other run but we are running for a better tomorrow, a ‘New India’ where each youngster is a capable being and sports being one field in which we must grow big and powerful.
The Minister also interacted with the participants via quiz contest and songs etc. He asked them to retain their shirts, medals and certificates as these would help them gain access to a mega Programme being planned with all the participants of 11Slum Runs.
Olympic medal winner wrestler Sakshi Malik urged the youth to participate in sporting activities and promote healthy living and cited sports and youth as two pillars of India’s greatness. Sakshi Malik gave thumbs up to the Sports Ministry’s initiative of Slum Yuva Daud and called it a ‘great way” to tap young talent.
Significantly, the Slum Yuva Daud and Adopt Slum campaigns aim at highlighting the government’s pro-people schemes among masses. A total 11 Slum Yuva Runs have been planned out of which 3 have already been completed successfully with mass participation.
Interestingly, the first edition of the Slum Daud was held on 26 May in which 5000 youngsters from various slums in Delhi participated wholeheartedly. The Slum Yuva Daud is part of the Adopt Slum Campaign initiated by the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports and Nehru Yuva Kendra Sangathan.