Internet Desk: Mike Powell who is the record holder in long jump has been named as the brand ambassador of the Tata Steel 25K. The competition will be witnessing the top international runners for the first time ever.
The Olympic silver winner and former two time world champion will be present in Kolkata for the promotion of thr event for four days. The event will be taking place on December 17.
Kolkata will lay a witness to top runners from African nations like Kenya, Ethiopia in this esteemed 25K marathon run and price money of $100,000 will be given to the winner.
The organisers are expecting that the number of participants will cross 10,000 this time.
“It is absolutely exciting for me to be the first event ambassador for the Tata Steel Kolkata 25K. India is a beautiful country and I had the good fortune of visiting the country thrice, but to come to Kolkata, the cultural capital of the country and the city of Mother Teresa, is special,” said Powell.
“I hope my presence is an added motivation to all the participants and would like to wish everyone good luck,” the 53-year-old American said in his message.
Former India cricket captain Sourav Ganguly, who is the face of the event, said: “There’s a start to everything. It’s a start of an international event. Every year it is going to get better and better.
“I don’t see in anyway this is inferior to any other competition. It looks brilliant. This year it’s going to be bigger.”
Registration for the event will go live at 7am tomorrow and can be done online at tsk25.procamrunning.in.