Abhinav Bindra in unique race to raise funds for COVID victims

The initiative aims to cover the distance between Kashmir to Kanyakumari 74 times to celebrate India’s 74th Independence Day on August 15.

By Subhayan Dutta

Former Indian shooter and country’s only individual Olympic gold medallist Abhinav Bindra will take part in a virtual event, which aims to help people who have lost their livelihood due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Abhinav Bindra hailed the ‘Sunfeast India Run As One' initiative that will collect funds from each virtual runner through a registration fee and contribute it to the vulnerable sections of society.

"Many of us have been lucky to have a phone or a laptop as we sit comfortably at home,” Abhinav Binda said. “Others across the country have not been so lucky.

“With the 'Sunfeast India Run As One' campaign, we have an opportunity to stand and run in solidarity with those who have lost their livelihoods or are in danger of losing them,” the former rifle ace added.

Initiated by Procam, an event management company that also organises and runs the Mumbai Marathon, the movement will take place from August 15 to September 15. Registrations start August 1.

‘Run as One’ aims to cover the total distance between Kashmir to Kanyakumari - the northern and southernmost points of mainland India, respectively - 74 times to celebrate India’s 74th Independence Day on August 15. The movement requires its registered participants to pledge to walk, run or jog for the cause.

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India’s sports minister Kiren Rijiju also lauded the initiative and consequently extending Fit India Movement’s support to the cause, which aims to bring together the entire community by focusing on fitness.

“I am very happy to see a massive movement taking place in the form of the Fit India Freedom Run and Sunfeast India Run as one our partners for the same,” Kiren Rijiju said.

“We need to come together as a nation to address the challenges of the ongoing pandemic.

“There is no better way for citizens to find a platform and actively commit for the rehabilitation of those affected by the virus," Rijiju added.