Athletics Marathon: Former Asian Games gold medallist Sudha Singh is a confident athlete and knows when to raise the bar and deliver the run when it matters the most. Now, she aims to achieve the qualifying mark for the Tokyo Olympics during the New Delhi Marathon on Sunday where as many as 1,000 athletes will be competing.
“I believe that I have trained hard over the past year and I will put in my best effort to try and qualify for the Olympics tomorrow. I am feeling well and have acclimatised with the weather. It will be tough but not impossible. I will also see how I can break the national record of 2:30:00 set by OP Jaisha,” Sudha who was recently conferred with the prestigious Padma Shri, told Inside Sport on the sidelines of a felicitation ceremony attended by Sports Minister Kiren Rijju among others.
the Arjuna Awardee was felicitated by Honourable Minister of State for Youth Affairs & Sports, Shri Kiren Rijiju before the press conference for her achievement.
Organised by NEB Sports, under the aegis of Athletics Federation of India and Fit India. As many as 15,000 others will also be running in the virtual marathon from different parts of the world over five days, starting from March 7, 2021. The runners will be participating across the four categories of Full Marathon, Half Marathon, 10k and 5k. At the live event, Covid-19 protocols have been put in place to ensure the safety of the runners.
A number of India’s top runners, including Rashpal Singh (defending champion), Bahadur Singh Dhoni, Hetram and Nitendra Singh Rawat among men and Jyoti Singh Gawte (last year’s NDM Winner), Jigmet Dolma, and Tsetan Dolkar among women, will be seen in action.
Over 50 corporate teams, including Indian Oil, IndusInd, Cisco Runners, and 200 running groups have signed up for the AFLI Circuit which will see events in Kolkata (full marathon), Mumbai (half marathon) and Bangalore (10k).