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India’s top athletes eye Paris Olympics at Apollo Tyres New Delhi Marathon

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Over 19,000 runners to take part in National Marathon this Sunday

India’s elite athletes (Male) seen with Mr Nagraj Adiga (Race Director), Remus D’Cruz (Apollo Tyres) and Saurabh Sharma (ASICS) at the press conference on Friday to announce the Apollo Tyres New Delhi Marathon on Sunday.

Khel Today Bureau 

New Delhi: India’s top runners will line up along with over 19,000 athletes in the 9th edition of the prestigious Apollo Tyres New Delhi Marathon on Sunday hoping to win a ticket to the Paris Olympics later this year.

Army Sports Institute’s Gopi T (2:13:39), Srinu B (2:14:59) and Anish Thapa (2:16:41) have been preparing for the event with an eye on the national record. In the process, they will hope to achieve the qualification mark of 2:08.10 for the Olympics too.

Nirmaben Thakor (2:47:11) and
Ashini Jadhav (2:56:41) are among the lead female runners in fray.

India’s elite athletes (Female) seen with Mr Nagraj Adiga (Race Director), Remus D’Cruz (Apollo Tyres) and Saurabh Sharma (ASICS) at the press conference on Friday to announce the Apollo Tyres New Delhi Marathon on Sunday.

Adding a touch of star power to the popular run are Fitness Enthusiast Soha Ali Khan, who serves as the proud Brand Ambassador of the marathon, and cricket star Irfan Pathan.
Organized under the patronage of the Athletics Federation of India and Fit India, the Apollo Tyres New Delhi Marathon has risen in stature over the years and is recognised as the National Marathon of the country. Against the backdrop of the Delhi winter season, participants will embark on a journey that traverses the heart of the city, past iconic landmarks such as Humayun’s Tomb, Lodhi Garden and Khan Market.

With meticulous planning by NEB Sports, the NDM is poised to host an impressive gathering of 19,000 participants from 289 cities, 27 states,and 19 countries. It ranks as one of the largest turnouts in Indian sport with 3000 gearing up for the Full Marathon, 7000 for the Half Marathon, 5000 for the 10K and 4000 for the 5K.

“We are happy to see the National Marathon receiving such good response and are hoping that sportspersons continue to bring laurels to the country. ” said Mr. Adille Sumariwalla, President, Athletic Federation of India.

Satish Sharma, President, Asia Pacific, Middle East & Africa (APMEA) at Apollo Tyres Ltd., himself a marathon runner, expressed immense satisfaction with the overwhelming response from the running community for the event.  Speaking on the collaboration, Mr. Rajat Khurana, Managing Director of ASICS India and Asia said, “We are excited to kick-start this collaboration as the official sports goods partner of one of the country’s most prestigious running events. ASICS race day merchandise is exclusively designed to deliver high-performance footwear and apparel to enhance the running experience. I would like to wish each and every participant a fantastic running experience.”

Meanwhile, Race Director Nagaraj Adiga expressed gratitude for the privilege of collaborating with renowned brands like Apollo Tyres and ASICS. He confidently affirmed that with their unwavering support, the event is poised to deliver an unparalleled experience for all participants, ensuring a world-class affair. In a heart-warming display of unity and inclusivity, various NGOs are joining forces for the marathon.

Among them, the Sai VishwanathMemorial Trust, Bhayat NGO, and Guide Runners for the vision-impaired are standing together to champion the cause of diversity in sports. Ankur Dhama, hailing from Khekra, Uttar Pradesh, lost his vision at the tender age of 5. Despite his visual impairment, Ankur, along with 25 visually impaired runners, will be taking on the challenge of the 10K race.  A team of six athlete ambassadors, along with their coach, from Champion in Me program of Bangalore Schools of Sports, will be participating, showcasing their determination to combat stigma and discrimination of youth living with HIV. About 20 HIV-infected children from “Positive Running Programme” of Ananya Trust, Bangalore will also beparticipating in the event. As they ‘Go The Distance’, these inspiring individuals serve as shining examples of resilience and determination, embodying the true spirit of sportsmanship and inclusivity.

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