Akhilesh bonanza for school games: Nano cars for top athletes, cycles for all
Middle-distance runner Anjana Thamke from Nashik, who got three golds in the under-17 category, was among the lucky ones. Her long-time coach Vijender gave her a ride around the track. “Besides running, I will now also have to teach her driving,” he quipped.
The other winners included Apurva Ghagre (Maharashtra), Chitra P U (Kerala) and Dutee Chand (Orissa). Besides, each of the 2,600-odd athletes who participated in the event, held from January 29-February 2, was awarded a voucher that can be exchanged for a bicycle.
Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav also announced a cash reward of Rs 21,000 for the star performers, including Kerala’s long-distance runner Chitra P U, who won four golds in the under-19 section. The daughter of daily wagers, the 17-year-old said: “My parents were unable to raise funds for my sister’s wedding. This will help them. Besides, we are now a family that has a car.”
Her coach added: “The UP government’s gesture will certainly give her a push.”
Explaining the reason for mass distribution of bicycles, Akhilesh said: “There isn’t any athlete in the country who doesn’t use a bicycle as a means to keep fit, and reach his/ her destination also. It’s the most important means of
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