INDIA. Mumbai: As part of Swarnim Vijay Varsh ( a Golden jubilee of India’s resounding victory in the 1971 Indo-Pak war), a Cyclothon was organized by the Indian Armed Forces on Sunday in Mumbai.
Air Vice-Marshal SR Singh VM VSM, AOC HQ Maritime Air Operations flagged off the participants from RC Church, Colaba in South Mumbai. This Cyclothon was the second event after Run-for- Fun, in a series of such events before the Victory flame arrives in Mumbai.
The route for the cyclists was stretched over a distance of 16 km covering major scenic landmarks of Mumbai including Nariman Point, Gateway of India, and Asiatic Library before ending at Air Force Station Mumbai at Cotton Green in South Central Mumbai.
Over 60 cyclists participated in the event which was followed by the felicitation of 1971 war veterans. The event reignited a deep sense of patriotism amongst participants which was evident from the zeal and enthusiasm with which they took part in the Cyclothon.
In the meanwhile, one of the victory flames which was lit in Delhi last year by Prime Minister Narendra Modi as part of the Golden Jubilee celebrations will reach the Gateway of India, in South Mumbai on Wednesday, September 01.
The last Mile Run with the Victory Flame culminating at the gateway of India will be organized, to mark the arrival of the flame in Mumbai. Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray will receive the flame at Gateway of India.
Upon the arrival of the Victory flame, a flypast by IAF aircraft has been planned, followed by a band concert and felicitation of 1971 war veterans.