BSF Organises 'Run for Martyrs' Half Marathons In Delhi, Amritsar And Bhubaneshwar

| October 22 , 2017 , 16:56 IST

The Border Security Force (BSF) of India plays a major role in the defence of the nation, by keeping safe its borders, and a toll has been taken on the force itself, as valiant personnel lose their lives in the line of duty.

As a part of BSF's countrywide initiative to commemorate the valiant deeds and supreme sacrifices made by its personnel in the service of the nation, the force organised 'Run for Martyrs' half marathons on Sunday, which took place in Delhi, Amritsar, and Bhubaneswar.

Union Sports Minister Rajyavardhan Rathore flagged off the 'Run for Martyrs' half marathon in Delhi, which took place at the Jawahar Lal Nehru stadium.

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"When our border is safe, India will automatically remain safer. Soldiers from different parts of India come to the Border Security Force. They stay so far away from us at the border. And this marathon that we have organised is connecting these soldiers to the country. It will be organised every year. This will inspire our youth towards the army. Our blessings are with these soldiers," Rathore said.

India's Olympic gold medallist former shooter Abhinav Bindra and famous former sprinter P.T. Usha also flagged off the Delhi half marathon.

"A large number of people have come for this marathon. There is so much enthusiasm. It is really wonderful to see. These types of things create a sports culture in our country. Kudos to the BSF for this initiative," Bindra said.

Usha also lauded the efforts.

"That's a good initiative from the BSF and I am really happy to be a part of it. Good participation also and I am really happy about it," the ace sprinter said.

Meanwhile, Union Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan flagged off the marathon in Bhubaneshwar which took place at the Kalinga Stadium on Sunday morning.