Former Indian cricketer Sachin Tendulkar on Sunday flagged off the inaugural edition of IDBI Federal Life Insurance Kolkata Full Marathon, which will have 8,000 participants across three event. The face of the event, Tendulkar urged the people to come out and start running for a healthy living.
"Thousands turned up to make this event successful. I would like to applaud their effort and their commitment. It was nice to see many women competing hard. This has a positive effect on life, and basic idea of having a marathon like that to encourage people to run and enjoy good health," he told the media.
The legend even tweeted a picture of himself at the event with the caption: "Kolkata, I'm here at the @KolFullMarathon & the atmosphere is electric! Congratulations for coming together & making the marathon successful."
Tendulkar added that with health challenges, life become difficult and it doesn't give a person reason to smile. Citing example of the modern day Team India under Virat Kohli, Tendulkar said it's their fitness regime that has made them one of the best fielding sides in the world.
"I've always been supportive for any outdoor activity. Today's
generation has access to various things sitting in one spot, like for
example video games keep them engage equally. But the idea is to play
some sport. The idea is to motivate others to wear the running shoes, and
contribute towards a fitter city and nation, it's a message of fitness,"
Tendulkar said about his association. It's proven that if the kids go out and participate in some outdoor
activities their absorbing power increases and they're able to grasp not
just sport but become more receptive to study. It's about leading a healthy life. I remember my grandmother telling me 'health is your wealth, stay active, stay healthy."