Staff Reporter Islamabad
The Islamabad Chamber of Commerce & Industry (ICCI) in collaboration with Islamabad Cycling Association (ICA) organized ICCI International Cycling Gala to promote healthy activity in the citizens. Apart from local and national cyclists, the cycles of USA, Spain, Brazil and other countries also participated in the event.
President ICCI Sardar Yasir Ilyas Khan inaugurated the Cycle Race at D-Chowk, Islamabad and distributed shields, awards and cash prizes amongst the winners at the closing ceremony. Fatma Azim Senior Vice President, Abdul Rehman Khan Vice President ICCI, Muhammad Ejaz Abbasi, Hafiz Bilal, Muhammad Shakir, Umar Hussain, Javed Iqbal, Khalid Chaudhry and others were present at the occasion.
The cycle race started from D-Chowk, Islamabad and finished at F-9 Park, Islamabad covering the route of Jinnah Avenue, Centaurs Flyover, MacDonald’s Chowk, Service Road East F-10 and Bolan Gate (F-10 Side).
Men (Professional) 17 years above, men amateur 40 above, women amateur 17 above, boys and girls from 9 years to 16 years and toddlers/tricycles 8 years and below participated in the Cycle Race and Ride. Speaking at inaugural ceremony, Sardar Yasir Ilyas Khan emphasized that the government should focus on promoting cycling in major cities as it would help reduce congestion, air pollution and CO2 emissions besides improving health of riders.
He said that promoting cycling would be very beneficial for society as it would regular cycle riders from serious diseases including stroke.