Union Minister for Jal Shakti Gajendra Singh Shekhawat, Union Minister for Youth Affairs and Sports Kiren Rijiju and Minister of State Jal Shakti Ministry Ratan Lal Kataria flagged off the 'Great Ganga Run' from the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in New Delhi today.
The marathon was organised to create awareness about River Ganga.
"It is a good initiative by Ministry of Jal Shakti. This marathon has been organised by them. It has a very elaborative message. Ganga is very important for the country and we needed to create awareness. In this marathon, people from every age group are participating. I would like to congratulate the organisers on getting a number of people involved with Namami Gange Marathon," Mr Rijiju said.
We were preparing for this event for one month, said Gajendra Singh. "We had online registrations. Almost 20,000 enrolled for this marathon. It is nice to see so many people turning up for the marathon. We will organise Ganga Expedition from October 9 as well," he added.
Mr Rijiju also said that people from Jammu and Kashmir want to take part in sports. "Yesterday, I met a number of young people from Jammu and Kashmir. They want to take part in sports. We are making plans for different cities and villages. We will bring along everyone," he said.