Several sports persons, who have represented India at the Olympics, appealed to the youths on Wednesday to be aware of social issues and understand their responsibilities for the betterment of the country.
They were speaking after flagging off the 'Jaago Bharat Daud' (wake up India marathon) organized jointly by Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar Marathwada University (Bamu) and Vivekananda Centre, Kanyakumari, at Saraswati Bhuwan college ground. Over 5,000 youths participated in the marathon, which was held to commemorate the 150th birth anniversary of Swami Vivekananda.
"The youth, especially college-goers, should be aware of the situation in the country. They should have a strong mindset and fight social issues such as crime against women to change the society," said Reena Kumari, an archer from Jharkhand.
She said that understanding the responsibility towards the country will only help to change the nation for better.
Gagandeep Kaur, Commonwealth Games bronze medallist from Punjab, said the youths should come together to collectively fight corruption. "Belonging to sports fraternity, I would appeal to the youths to encourage sports and develop a positive attitude towards it," she said.
"Whichever field you choose, it should be with strong determination and dedication," said Arjuna Award-winning archer, Chekrovolu Swuro.
Mayor Kala Oza, city police commissioner Sanjay Kumar, vice-chancellor BAMU Vijay Pandharipande and others were present on the occasion.
In his inaugural speech, Sanjay Kumar appealed to the youths to maintain communal harmony and not differentiate among people on the basis of religion. "Swami Vivekananda played an important role inthe youths. His qualities should be inculcated," he said.
Police bandobast, ambulance and other facilities were available for the youths who in the marathon.