Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal on Monday flagged off MTB Tawang Challenge Cycling Competition which is being organised by the Department of Sports and Youth Welfare, Government of Arunachal Pradesh synchronising with the forthcoming Tawang Festival, 2017.
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 initiative of the Arunachal Pradesh Government to organise the Tawang Challenge cycling competition to promote the Tawang Festival is very praiseworthy. This will definitely help in giving a new dimension to tourism of the state as well as the entire north eastern region. Our Prime Minister Narendra Modi ji also envisions stimulating the growth of the region through implementation of the Act East Policy. All the north eastern states must put joint efforts to make the endeavour successful”, Sonowal said.
The Chief Minister further mentioned that the cycling event would also strengthen brotherhood amongst all the north eastern states. He also conveyed his goodwill to all the participating cyclists for success of their journey.
Noteworthy that several cyclists from all over the country have taken part in the MTB Tawang Challenge, which will cover 500 KM difficult terrain during its tour. The competition will culminate on 28 th October after six days journey and passing through hilly tracts located at 13,700 feet above sea level. This is stated in a press release.
on the other hand Three rider from Manipur have left Imphal to participate in the “Mountain Bike Tawang Challenge” organised as a part of Tawang festival under the auspices of Directorate of Youth Affairs, Government of Arunachal Pradesh which will be held from October 23 to 28.The riders who left for Mountain Bike Tawang Challenge are Mathew Thingbaijam, Thangsabam Chinglensana and Nameirakpam Chingkheinganba.
H Bikram, secretary Manipur Cycling Association and Ranjit, Director of Manipur Cycling will officiate the tournament as tournament director and technical officials respectively.