India’s only individual Olympic gold-medalist Abhinav Bindra has been named as the event ambassador for the upcoming 16th Airtel Delhi Half Marathon which is all set to start from November 29th 2020. He made the entire nation proud after winning the gold medal in 10-metre air rifle event at the Beijing Olympics in 2008. He talked about the transformation that this marathon has brought in everyone’s life in detail.
The stage is set for champions and record holders to be cheered on by a champion of the same stature! 🙌
— ADHM (@runadhm) November 19, 2020
“Today, the Airtel Delhi Half Marathon has motivated individuals, young and old, to adopt a healthy lifestyle, run for a cause and empower women to put their best foot forward,” said Bindra, a Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna and Padma Bhushan awardee.
“The spirit of the event energises runners; instils faith. It has become a source of inspiration to conquer limitations and push limits.
“To salute the spirit of each participant, you have a chance to cherish the personalised limited edition Unity Medal, inspired by the Ashoka Chakra,” he added.
Apart from bagging Olympic gold medal in singles category, he went on to win seven Commonwealth Gold medals, three Asian Games medals and one World Championships medal during his playing days. The marathon which is known for inviting top runners to take part from all over the world will witness last year defending champions Andamlak Belihu and Tsehay Gemechu competing this year to defend their title.
With 2 back to back victories in her name, Tsehay Gemechu is back and will look forward to keeping her crown.
— ADHM (@runadhm) November 16, 2020
All the Indian and International elite runners who will be taking part in this competition will start their race from Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium whereas the amateurs from across the globe will join them via the exclusive Airtel Delhi Half Marathon Mobile App.
Airtel Delhi Half Marathon is basically a foot race held annually in New Delhi which was initially sponsored by Hutchison Essar for first two races however later on the sponsorship was taken by Airtel in 2008 and since then they are sponsoring this marathon. The 2009 event attracted lot of eyeballs as people participated in either of the four events who were the half marathon, the 7 km Great Delhi Run, a 4.3 km run for senior citizens, and a 3.5 km wheelchair race.