Two thousand cyclists from across J&K and other states are set to participate in the Pedal for Kashmir cycling event, being organized by J&K Armed Police on May 31, here.
"More than 2000 cyclists including 1050 participants from JK Cycling Association and 50 international and national players from other states of the country have expressed their interest to participate in the cycling event", Additional Director General of Police (Armed), S M Sahai said, while addressing a press conference, here.
Four among the participants, who have recently attended Common Wealth Games, are also participating in this event, he added. He said that participants from other states including Punjab, Delhi, Rajasthan, Haryana, Bihar, Karnataka, Cycling Federation of India, National Campers of Cycling Federation of India etc will also take part in the cycling event.
"By carrying out such activities J&K Police wishes to create a healthy society and conducive environment in the state", he said. Officials said Director General of Police, K Rajendra will flag-off the event at 6.30 am on May 31 at Police Golf course Boulevard Road, here. Prize distribution ceremony shall take place at 8.30 am at the same venue and Minister for PWD (R&B), Altaf Ahmed Bukhari will be the chief guest on the occasion, they added.
Among others, Inspector General Police, Kashmir, SJM Gillani was also present on the occasion.
Meanwhile, from J&K, cyclists Akber Khan and Umer Nabi are expected to ride for the title in senior men's category. While Akber is currently New Delhi practicing along with National riders in SAI camp, Umer has been preparing hard for the event back home. "I am sure local riders would put on good challenge in the event. I don't know how many national riders are coming but we will put in our best effort," said Umer.