Manipur youth to cycle to Tokyo

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Pothashang News Service: Imphal, February 5, 2020: Manipur cyclist Rohan Philem  Singh sets out to connect the unheard voices of persons with disabilities in his upcoming 7th  mission, New Delhi to Tokyo Ride Paralympic 2020 Japan.

The expedition based on the theme of humanity is focused on carrying their rights and voices in the 2020 Japan Ride, a DIPR release said.

This will be his first international cycling mission.

Rohan will start a solo ride to Tokyo to promote “Inclusion, respect and dignity” and further raising awareness on “The rights of persons with disabilities”, in connection with the commencement of the 2020 Summer Paralympics, Tokyo.

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He will be covering a total distance of approximately 10,000 kms from New Delhi to Tokyo by the second week of February 2020.

Twenty-five years Rohan who is a resident of  Moirang Philem Leikai, Bishnupur district,  was raised by his grandfather after his father expired and mother became a divorcee. He is at present a masters’ student at Sharda University, Greater Noida. Earlier Rohan had toured the North-East states and the entire country on various themes including humanity and environment, the release said.

Consumer affairs, food and publuc distribution minister Karam Shyam during a press meet held in presence of the young cyclist here said he will financially support Rohan for his upcoming Japan ride and will also give his a memorable gift on his return from the cycle journey.

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“We need to encourage and promote such youths who have brought laurels for the state by braving all odds on the way. It is a proud moment that Rohan will create an identity of Manipur by carrying the seven salai flag while crossing several countries on his tour to Tokyo,” the minister said.

“Lets follow the example of Rohan who identifies a small state like Manipur in the whole South-East Asia. The state will progress when youths like Rohan makes a mark by doing the state proud in the whole country and beyond” he added.

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Shyam assured that he will present gifts to both the cyclists Rohan Philem and G. Ingobi (another Manipur) cyclist for their remarkable cycling feats to different countries of the world on a varied range of themes.

Shyam said he was determined to cycle to his office every Thursday to promote health and environment and spread message among the people of Manipur about the benefits of cycling.

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