Puri: Athletes of Jhadeshwari Club and Puri Sports Hostel Wednesday supported the anti-plastic campaign launched by Orissa POST and Dharitri.
The athletes along with their coaches took a pledge against the use of plastic and polythene while observing the National Sports Day.
Hundreds of athletes of Jhadeshwari Club took out a cycle rally to the Lions’ Gate of Srimandir to create awareness against plastic. Sub-collector Bhabataran Sahu flagged off the rally that passed through Badasankha, Srigundicha temple and the Grand Road to reach Srimandir.
“Plastic and polythene have become a major threat to environment. Proper awareness among people only can defeat the menace,” said the sub-collector.
City municipality chairperson Jayanta Kumar Sarangi, Jhadeshwari Club vice-president Krushnachandra Panda, its secretary Parthasarathi Mahapatra and joint-secretary Jitendra Nath Das and other members participated in the campaign against plastic.
Similarly, athletes of Puri Sports Hostel along with their coaches and people associated with sports participated in the campaign against plastic at Saradhabali. “We will put restrictions on the use of plastic and polythene at sports hostel and create awareness on the issue among athletes coming for practice at the city-based indoor stadium. We will urge all people associated with sports to join the plastic-free Odisha campaign,” said the district sports officer, Narayan Behera.
Among others, Rabindra Senapati, Pradeep Sahu, Shankar Prasad Adhikari, Sudarshan Sahu, Sabyasachi Mahapatra, Sabita Nanda, Saratchandra Nanda and Jaglur Muhammad participated in the campaign.