Gujarat Sports Minister Harsh Sanghavi on Sunday flagged off the cycling competition under the 36th National Games in Gandhinagar. On this occasion, he said, “It never gets easier, you just get faster. One thing which is common among all cyclists is great enthusiasm and determination. I wish them all good luck.”
Women’s 25 km cycling event took place on Sunday 7am and men’s 120 km cycling event took place around 8.30am. In the competition, Karnataka’s ace cyclist Naveen John successfully defended his men’s Individual Time Trial title in the National Games Road Cycling competition on the highway east of the Gujarat Capital.
Manipur’s medal spree also continued at the 36th National Games hosted by Gujarat as cyclists L Ronaldo and Kh Rejiya and lifter Sorokhaibam Bindyarani added three more gold medals to State’s tally today. Manipur’s L Ronaldo won the gold medal in the 1km time trial event where he emerged on top with a time of 1 minute 2.34 seconds. M Sonali Chanu meanwhile settled for a silver medal finishing second in the women’s 500 m time trial with a time of 36.60 seconds before Kh Rejiya Devi fetched the 3 km individual pursuit with the best time of 3 minutes 54.254 seconds.
National Games are taking place in Gujarat from September 29 to October 12, 2022. The multi-event sporting showcase returns after a gap of seven years. It was last held in Kerala in 2015. The National Games are held across six cities of Gujarat- Ahmedabad, Gandhinagar, Surat, Vadodara, Rajkot and Bhavnagar. Gujarat will host the National Games for the first time. This will be the 36th edition of the National Games, and an estimated 7,000 athletes will take part across 36 sporting disciplines.