60 cyclists of 8 teams from across Sindh including Hyderabad, Karachi, Thatta, Mirpurkhas, Nawabshah, Sukkur, Larkana and two teams from Pakistan Army took part in the event
By Hanif Samoon
MITHI: The three-day Tharparkar Cycle Race was organized by Pakistan Army, Sindh Cycling Association, Sindh Engro Coal Mining Company and district administration in Mithi, the headquarter town of desert district Tharparkar.
The winners of the final and other contests were given the awards and cash prizes by the guests during the impressive ceremony held in Thar Sports Ground on Saturday, which was attended by General Commanding Officer (GOC) Hyderabad (18 Division) Maj. Gen. Mohammad Kashif Azad, Brig. Khaliq, DC Tharparkar Mohammad Nawaz Soho, army officials, the leaders of various associations and the men from different walks of life.
Maj. Gen. Kashif speaking on the occasion said that he was very much pleased to witness the race and the ceremony in a town like Mithi. “There is need of the hour to organize such more events to promote the sports activities among the youths of the desert district,” he added and hoped that the government as well as other organizations and the firms working in the district, would organize such healthy activities in future as well.
He praised the organizers who chose the desert area for holding of such a wonderful event with a view to provide entertainment to the area people and to enable the participants of the race to see the scenic beauty of the desert region. He said that such events would also help people create the passion in the minds of the coming generations.
Maj. Azad thanked the organizers specially the officials of Sindh Cycling Association for making the race contests more attractive both for the racers and the people who turned out to see the interesting contests in large numbers and encouraging the winners and other cyclists. He observed that the Thar region over the years had not only produced the minerals but also talented youngsters who were glittering at all forums including in various ranks of armed forces, civil services and other spheres. He assured the full support to the organizers of such events in future and asked them to come with new ideas to promote various healthy activities.
Mohammad Nawaz Soho, the deputy commissioner Tharparkar said that the purpose of organizing cycle races in Tharparkar was not only to promote the sports activities in Thar but also to convey the message of peace, brotherhood and the exemplary interfaith harmony.
Major Gen. Azad and other officials also distributed the awards among the winners of the contests. Various other cultural events were also organized during the ceremony to provide entertainment to the guests and other participants of the colorful event which was aimed at promoting the sports and other healthy activities in the desert region.