A cycling race, as part of the yearlong celebration to mark 50 years of Meghalaya’s statehood, was held at Ampati on September 6.
The event, which was organized by the district administration in collaboration with the district sports office and the Deputy Commissioner’s (DC) office, saw close to a hundred cycling enthusiasts from all walks of life take part.
South West Garo Hills Deputy Commissioner Gideon Kharmawphlang flagged off the race and urged the participants to compete in true sportsmanship spirit while at the same time taking care not to injure themselves.
The race started from Ampati Mini Stadium in the presence of Additional Deputy Commissioner (ADC), Ampati – PK Sangma, District Sports Officer – SM Marak, SDSEO Ampati – ECh Marak, and other district officials. Later, the ADC presented medals and cash prizes to winners of both the men and women categories of the event.
The prize for the winner, first runner up and second runner up was Rs 15,000, Rs 10,000 and Rs 5,000 respectively, while 14 consolation prizes were handed out which were worth Rs 1,000 each.
In the men’s category, Niksrang R Marak of Kolkatola bagged the first prize, Jeckison Ch Sangma of Digilakona the second, and Batsrang A Sangma of Tebronggre the third. From the women’s category, Smile Orchid M Momin from Walbakgre came first, Sulitha B Sangma from Kolkatola came in second, and Josina B Marak from Jangnapara came in third. Consolation prizes were also given to seven participants each from both the categories.