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Tawang MTB challenge flagged off
GUWAHATI, Oct 23: The Tawang MTB Challenge, a curtain raiser to the 5th Tawang Festival, was flagged off in Guwahati today by Assam chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal.
Sonowal flagged off the event in presence of a host of dignitaries including 35 cyclists from India and abroad. The cycling competition is being organised as a part of the Tawang Festival.
In his address, the chief minister lauded the efforts of his Arunachal Pradesh counterpart Pema Khandu for his efforts to promote the festival.
“Chief minister Pema Khandu is committed to promote the Tawang festival in the map of the world. This cycling competition is an initiative to promote the tourism potential of Arunachal Pradesh and the entire North-eastern region.”
“The cyclists will come across a series of difficulties like off-road, muds, rocks etc. but this is going to be a very adventurous journey and I hope you get blessings for the almighty and overcome these challenges to reach the final destination. You will get love and affection not only from the people of Arunachal Pradesh, but also from the people of entire Northeast region, which stands united with a spirit of brotherhood. I wish all the very best to all of you. And I sincerely wish that Tawang Festival is a great success and you acquire enough memories to take back home from the hilltop of Tawang,” said Sonowal.
“Festivals like Tawang Festival will not just promote Arunachal Pradesh, but the entire Northeast region; which is also the vision of our Prime Minister who has dreaming of developing and promoting the Northeast region in the world through his Act East policy,” Sonowal added before waving the chequered flag.
Tawang MTB Challenge is a first of its kind cycling competition in the Northeast and this competition in a way is the beginning to the 5th Tawang Festival. The cycling competition is an attempt to promote and showcase adventure tourism potential and the rich heritage of the pristine land and forests of Arunachal Pradesh
The cycling competition will take the riders and 28 officials and supporting staff through the highways in Assam and take the route via Rowta- Balemo-Kalaktang-Rupa-Bomdila-Dirang-Sella Pass- Jang covering a distance of around 500 km.
The flagging off ceremony was also attended by sports and youth affairs parliamentary secretary, Nymar Karbak, youth affairs director, DK Dinglow, Sports Authority of India regional director, Subhash Basumatary, LNIPE dean, Dr Biswajit Basumatary, member secretaries Assam, Santanu Bharali and Lakhya Konwar and Miss Tiara India International, Chumb Darang.
Apart from cyclists form various states of India, the team of daredevils is also joined by Ilda Carina of Portugal.