Shillong, June 24: The first ever Triathlon event for promoting aquatic sports and encouraging young talents in the field of swimming and other water sports activities was organised in the city on Saturday.
Organised by the Meghalaya Aquatics Sports Association (MASA), the Triathlon event comprised of swimming, cycling and running. The event started from Saw Aiom Pool at Langkryding via PTS, FCI, MeECL up to State Central Library.
The event witnessed enthusiastic participants both male and female categories.
The prize distribution ceremony was held at the state Central Library Auditorium with Printing & Stationery deputy director, E.D.R. Tariang as the Chief Guest.
The Chief Guest praised MASA for putting in its efforts in this noble endeavor and urged its members to organize more such events in future to be able to tap the young talents and nurtured them in a professional manner which would be in interest of promoting aquatic sports in the State.
He also requested parents of the young participants to encourage them to take aquatic sports seriously for their own personal health, and expressed hope that one day, they would bring laurels to the State.
The President of MASA highlighted the importance of Triathlon sports and its scope to the budding young talents of the State.
Terming it “unfortunate” since not a single national swimmer represents the State till date, he also pointed out at the lack of infrastructure which hampered the promotion of aquatic sports and urged the government to take steps to construct a National Standard Swimming Pool.
Winners of in the boys category include, Marso Kyndait (First Position), Bill Ezakial L. Tron (Second Position), Aakash Joshi (Third Position) and in the girls category,
Dakahi Kyndait (First Position), Delphine Kharbani (Second Position).
The youngest participant was Master Elberz Kharbani (9 years old), and the eldest participant was Anthony Nongkhlaw.