Organisers of Amaravati marathon slammed for fees


Despite AP government spending huge amounts on the event, organisers charged fees to professional athletes and students.

Vijayawada: A controversy has been triggered after organisers of the Amaravati marathon collected participation fees from professional athletes and students, despite the government spending huge amounts on the event.

The organisers, Disease Eradication through Education and Prevention (DEEP) Trust, also received financial support from private sponsors such as Reliance Jio.

That private sponsorship was supplemented with funds from the government of AP. But the trust still collected fees and that’s believed to have cut down on the number of participants.

The prize money was sponsored by the Capital Region Development Authority (CRDA), which had sanctioned Rs 20 lakh for the award. Other arrangements were made by the Vijayawada city police and other government departments.
Organisers collected Rs 1,000 for the half marathon, Rs 750 for 10k Run and Rs 500 per head for the 5k and 3k runs. The money was taken from professional athletes too.

Participating students too had to pay a sum, albeit a concessional amount of Rs 100. More than 6,000 students are believed to have participated in the run, from nearly 130 colleges from the city.

Also, the number of spectators has been more than participants. B.Ramiah, a senior citizen asked why the organisers were allowed to collect the fees. “How can they (organisers) collect participation fees for an event organised by the government,” he asked.

Many citizens say the event would have been more successful if organisers had sacrificed profits. Many students added that the participation fee had been a problem for them.

Race director
Dr Murali Nannapaneni said a participation fee was quite common for marathons as the races were an expensive affair. He said the funds were not enough for the whole event. “We got the support of sponsors as well as government but the funds were not sufficient, Dr Murali said.

Over 10K take part in Amaravati marathon
Around 10,000 persons, mainly students and athletes, took part in Amaravati marathon, held by the Andhra Pradesh state government along with DEEP Trust, on Sunday. Nearly 700 runners participated in the 21-km half marathon flagged off by Commissioner of Police Vijayawada Gowtam Sawang and Minister for Water Resources Devineni Uma.

Srinu B., a serviceman and professional athlete from Vizianagaram, won the men’s event by completing in 1.07 hours. Ethiopian student Rahel was the first woman to complete the women’s event in 1.22 hours. B. Lakshman, who completed 10K run in 35.08 minutes, and Vinaya Mulsa, who finished the distance in 45.01 minutes, were awarded the first place in men and women’s category, respectively.

Students of around 130 colleges made their presence felt with cheers and claps motivating athletes throughout the race. Students of Danekula Engineering College won the rolling trophy for active participation with around 650 entries.
Film actress Manchu Lakshmi, AP DGP Sambasiva Rao and others participated in the presentation ceremony.

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  1. Mohinder Singh says:

    I participated as bib No. 21090 for half marathon (Amaravati Marathon) on 8.1.2017 in age category 46-60 group and stood first in this age group which conveyed me at finishing point by organizer team. But surprised no results of age group 46-60 years and 60 & above are conveyed by organizer on the stage which hearts me to see that no respects was given to old age runner by organizer. I feel that all category winners should be honoured at stage by the organizer as I special came from Punjab to participate this half marathon held at vijayawada if we want to popularize running events in Andhra Pradesh

  2. Sairaju says:

    The organizers collect huge amounts of money and do not bother to declare the results and distribute the prize money. They only make announcements on the dias and vanish only to surface in the next race. They did the same thing in Vizag when they conducted the Vizag Bay Marathon. Not a single rupee was distributed to the winners of various age categories. The same is the story in Tirupathi and Nellore races conducted by DEEP Trust.The Government of AP is being cheated by the high profile organizers like Dr. N.Murali and Dr.Madhu. This is a SCAM……Dear CM Sir…please take appropriate action. Your credibility is at stake…..Don’t cheat the sportsmen who participated in large numbers from far off places

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