Manipur: Why these three young women are cycling 2,500 km to Delhi
Imphal: Concerned over the rise in crime against women and exploitation of children in the country, three young athletes from Manipur are all set to embark on a road journey by cycling from Imphal to Delhi.
The three girls are Mathurabashimayum Bindiya Devi from Sagolband Moirang Hanuba Leirak in Imphal West, Sinam Roshni Devi from Kakching, and Chakpram Naocha Chanu from Heikak Mapal Makha Leikai in Imphal East district.
A self-financed initiative, this is the first such cycle expedition undertaken by the three young athletes under the banner of Group Ride. Junreiwon Thongam, the wife of Minister for Public Works Thongam Biswajit, and Manipuri actress Biju Ningombam will flag off the cycle expedition on December 23 at 10 am from Khuman Lampak in Imphal.
Speaking to media persons on Wednesday, Bindiya said that the expedition is to promote women safety and stop the rising cases of crime against women and child labour in the state in particular and the country in general.
During the road expedition, they will be crossing Nagaland, Assam, West Bengal, Bihar, Uttar Pradesh before reaching their destination in Delhi, covering at least 2,500 km in total.
All the three girls are currently undergoing training at the Regular Coaching Center (RCC) at Khuman Lampak and have also participated at the National Games.
Talking about preparedness since such expedition required good health and stamina, Bindiya further said that they have been training every day as an athlete and this will help them to adapt to the environment during their 20-days long journey.
For the last two years, Chanu, 17, has won a gold medal at the East Zone Junior Athletic Championship which was held in Bihar (2018) and Jharkhand (2019) in walking race 3,000 metres. Bindiya, 22, is training in 100 and 200 metres sprint, while Roshni, 17 is training for 3,000 metres.