NEW DELHI: Sports Minister Anurag Thakur kicked off a statewide "Fit India Freedom Rider Cycle Rally" on Friday by cycling 7.5 kilometres with 750 youth cyclists to commemorate World Bicycle Day.
'Cycling has the potential to be the most important component of the Fit India campaign. On World Bicycle Day, we send a strong message to everyone: cycling should be a part of everyone's everyday routine. Cycling will keep you healthy and contribute to the development of a clean India," Thakur said in a statement.
In the presence of Law Minister Kiren Rijiju, Health and Family Welfare Minister Mansukh Mandaviya, and Minister of State for External Affairs Meenakshi Lekhi, Thakur kicked off the programme at Major Dhyan Chand Stadium, New Delhi.
On Friday, cycle rallies were held in over 100 locations around the country, including 75 historic spots, and Thakur was among the 1500-plus persons who took part in the 7.5-kilometer rally. The goal of this programme is to encourage people to incorporate cycling into their everyday routines in order to improve their physical fitness.