The 46-year-old actor will flag off the half-marathon called ITBP Run for the Nation on October 7 from the Jawahar Lal Nehru stadium here and is expected to run a few miles with the troopers to emphasise that youth should join the security forces.
Salman is expected to be joined by a host of other celebrities and sportstars including Olympic bronze medal winner Yogeshwar Dutt at the half-marathon. The actor has also recently recorded a promotional clip appealing to the youth to join the run in large numbers.
“We need to tell the people and the youth of the country about ITBP. We need young blood to join this elite force… Salman has appealed for the same cause. He will be flagging off the marathon on October 7,” ITBP chief Ranjit Sinha told reporters.
The Director General also honoured Dutt for his feat of bagging a bronze in the 60kg free-style event in the London Olympics. “I feel honoured to be awarded by a paramilitary force like ITBP and I appeal to the youth to join the half-marathon on October 7. Afterall, youth is the power of the country,” Dutt told PTI on the sidelines of the ITBP event where he was presented with a shawl and citation. Dutt holds the rank of Deputy Superintendent of Police in Haryana. The October 7 half-marathon will be of 21.09 kms while the shorter version will be of 3kms.
The Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) is celebrating its golden jubilee year of raising this year and the half-marathon is part of these celebrations. The force was raised in 1962 to counter the Chinese aggression and at present the about 60,000 personnel strong force guards the 3,488km long Sino-Indian border.
The troops, who are called Himveers as they are deployed at icy heights and sub-zero temperatures, have undertaken an Everest expedition and a river rafting voyage in the Ganges earlier this year as part of the raising day celebrations.
President of FWICE Dharmesh Tiwari said, “We are in discussion with these actors and many more film and television artistes for a show to raise funds for the welfare trust, which is meant for film and television workers and technicians of all the 22 crafts.”
General secretary Dinesh Chaturvedi said, “A number of television actors like Shweta Tiwari and singers like Shaan will also be performing. If all goes well, we will be able to raise at least `6 cr with this show.” In 2010, about 52 actors from both film and television industries had performed to raise funds for the needy artistes. Tiwari adds, “Each association does its bit to support their members. A lot of big stars like Sanjay Dutt and Salman Khan have come forward to support us.”