Rahul Dravid launches the theme for the 2020 Manipal Marathon
MANIPAL: The Manipal Runners Club (MRC) launched the theme for the 2020 Manipal Marathon at Marena Sports Complex, on Tuesday, April 24. The theme for this year is ‘Run for Organ Donation’, and was launched at the hands of former Indian Cricketer Rahul Dravid who addressed a crowd of enthusiastic and spirited students.
Rahul Dravid, widely regarded as ‘The Wall’, congratulated and appreciated MRC and Manipal Academy of Higher Education (MAHE) on organising the Manipal Marathon and spreading awareness on various issues and concerns in the country. “I think it is incredible, what you are doing by creating awareness about organ donation which is an incredibly important thing,” he said.
Speaking on the awareness and concerns regarding organ donation, Rahul added, “It helps to spread knowledge about what it is, and what it is all about, because there might be certain taboos or certain fears around a lot of these things and young people doing all this and raising awareness for this definitely goes ahead and helps.”
The former national team captain later interacted with students and took various questions covering education and sports, and even answered questions about his career. While answering a question regarding what was more important, education or sports, Dravid praised MAHE for providing amazing facilities to students with equal importance to sports as well as education. He further added, “Both of them are very important. We are in an incredible sports facility in the middle of one of the top universities in the country. I think its changing, people are recognising that sport today can become a future career choice.”
Sharing his expertise in the field of sport, Dravid also enumerated on the important qualities and skills required to succeed in sports. “A positive mindset and an attitude to learn more, being curious and discovering yourself is very important for a sportsman. Challenging yourself to go outside your comfort zone certainly helps in growth,” he remarked. While answering a question about the toughest phase in his career, he cited that it was the period in 2009, when he was dropped from the One Day International (ODI) team. He further added that after this phase in his career, he took upon the task of rebuilding his career and continued playing for the Karnataka Ranji side. “Remaining calm and never giving up in whatever career you choose, is key,” he phonated, in his typical cool and calm style.
Speaking on adapting to the various formats of the game, Rahul said, “I always wanted to be a test cricketer, because in my generation test cricket was everything. One Day cricket was coming up and T20 was not there. I was lucky to begin my career as a test cricketer and I got to finish the last two years of my career actually playing T20 cricket in the IPL and playing one match for India.”
The Manipal Marathon will enter its fourth edition in 2020, with the previous three editions getting a huge response and participation. Since 2017, the marathon has been organised annually by MRC and provides an open platform for seasoned marathoners as well as first-time runners. The fourth edition is set to happen on February 9, 2020.
With inputs from Aman Raj
Featured Image Courtesy: Achyuth Baiju
Edited by: Tarush Dhume