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Manipuri cyclist to cycle from New Delhi to Tokyo

Correspondent IMPHAL, FEB 5 (NPN) | Publish Date: 2/5/2020 12:10:09 PM IST
Manipuri cyclist Rohan Philem Singh is all set to begin his cycling from New Delhi to Tokyo. His 7th and latest mission aimed at connecting the unheard voices of persons with disabilities during the upcoming Japan Paralympic 2020.
The expedition that is based on the theme of humanity is focused on carrying their rights and voices in the 2020 Japan Ride. This will be his first international cycling mission outside the country.
Rohan will kick-start his solo ride to Tokyo to promote “Inclusion, respect and dignity” and further raising awareness on “the rights persons with disabilities”, in connection with the commencement of the 2020 Summer Paralympics, Tokyo. 
He will be covering a total distance of approximately 10,000 km from New Delhi to Tokyo by the second week of February 2020.
Encouraging the state cyclist, Manipur CAF & PD minister Karam Shyam today announced financial support during his journey.
Talking to reporter at his office chamber in Imphal’s Old Secretariat today, the minister appreciated Rohan for his outstanding feat and indomitable courage.
 “I will financially support Rohan for his upcoming Japan ride and will also give his a memorable gift on his return from the cycle journey,” the minister declared.
The minister stressed the need to encourage and promote such youths who have brought laurels for the state by braving all odds on the way. 
 “It is a proud moment that Rohan will create an identity of Manipur by carrying the seven salai flag while crossing several countries on his tour to Tokyo,” he said.
The minister then said that he was determined to cycle to his office every Thursday to promote health and environment and spread message among the people of Manipur about the benefits of cycling. 
Ever since Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched cyclothron and he started riding cycle once every week, he was been known as the cycle minister of the state, he added.
Rohan Philem (25), a resident of Moirang Philem Leikai in Bishnupur district, was raised by his grandfather after his father expired and mother became a divorcee. He is at present a masters’ student at Sharda University, Greater Noida. Earlier, Rohan had toured the North-east states and the entire country on various themes including humanity and environment.

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