The Airtel Delhi Half Marathon 2012 will have war disabled personnel of the Indian Army participating in the run. One such personnel is Major General Ian Cardozo who will lead the group of war disabled officers and soldiers in the AIrtel Delhi Half Marathon.
Major General Ian Cardozo, lost his left leg during the 1971 India-Pakistan War, and sports an artificial leg. Cardozo, along with other soldiers from the War Wounded Organization will participate in the Airtel Delhi Half Marathon for the second time.
All the soldiers will be participating in the mainstream category and not in the disabled one with a view to make people aware of the efforts taken by the armed forces to protect the country.
Established in 2002, the Delhi based foundation has helped war wounded personnel’s to live a comfortable living. Over 30000 war-wounded soldiers across India are surviving on meager pensions.
The war wounded foundation seeks to make them financially independent through various mainstream jobs. Col Gulshan Kumar, 67 said “The main aim is to ensure that warwounded personnel become productive citizens by participating in the economic development of the Nation.
At the same time, they must be also able to supplement their pension, including disability pension” Similarly Devendra Pal Singh, a retired soldier who lost his leg in Kargil War will also be participating in Airtel Delhi Half Marathon, which is scheduled on 30th September. He is referred to as India’s version of the “Blade Runner”. Major Devendra’s journey from being a soldier during the Kargil War to a Marathon Runner has been highly inspiring.
Ashish Roy who served the Indian Air Force for 21 years is the first man from India to run 100 marathons. He ran his first marathon at the age of 52. He took to long distance running after her retired from Indian Air Force where he served as a cardiologist for 21 years.
For some running marathons is just another way, but for Dr Roy it is a romance with life. Roy currently has completed over 100 marathons and doesn’t want to stop just yet. His participation in the Airtel Delhi half Marathon will surely encourage a lot more people to come and run the run.