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Elaborate arrangements for TCS World 10K on May 27
At the Meet & Greet session for the Route Unveiling of the TCS World 10K Bangalore, 2012 at the Event Media Center in Kanteerava Stadium from (L to R), Dr. M A Saleem, Additional Commissioner of Police, Traffic, Bangalore City, Medical Director Dr. Vivek Jawali and Race Director, Hugh Jones.
Dr. M A Saleem, Additional Commissioner of Police, Traffic, Bangalore City, joined Race Director, Hugh Jones, Medical Director Dr. Vivek Jawali and Vivek B Singh of promoters Procam International to ensure another world class event when the TCS World 10K Bangalore is flagged off from the Shri Kanteerava Stadium on Sunday, May 27.
Speaking on the traffic arrangements for Race Day, Dr. Saleem said that though the city's roads were not in the best of shape due to the major construction work on in the city, all efforts would be made to provide a traffic-free and hassle free run to the participants.
"This is a prestigious event and the number of people participating in this year's event has increased because of two reasons, one due to better traffic arrangements and also due to the good organization of the event. We do not have a full marathon or a half marathon in Bangalore and so the 10K run is a matter of great pride for the city.
Our aim is to see a properly conducted event with minimum inconvenience for the citizens and we hope to have the traffic working as normal as possible," said Dr. Saleem.
"There will be slight problems for people travelling from north to east and vice versa, so to minimize the inconvenience, we will issue an advisory note for the public about the traffic restrictions by Saturday. Cubbon Park, which is normally open to public on a Sunday from 8 a.m will be closed till 10.30 a.m, until the event gets over.
There will be partial closure of Ambedkar Road," Dr. Saleem added.
Elaborating on the medical arrangements for race day, Dr. Vivek Jawali of Fortis Hospital, the, Medical Director said, "A happy event can become unhappy due to health snarls during the event. We have arranged for over 150 medical professional and five mini hospitals, two on each side of the stadium, and five on the road. We have also arranged for seven ambulances, two inside the stadium and five stationed on the route. We also have doctors running along with the athletes for immediate medical attention if needed. However, we hope these arrangements won't be needed and there will be minimum health issues during the run."
Race Director Hugh Jones said that all possible preparations were being put into place to deliver another successful edition of the World's Premier 10K Run. He too acknowledged the impact the event has made on global athletics in a short span of time and said the TCS World 10K ranked among the top distance running events around the world.
"The TCS World 10K Bangalore has become one of the best runs in its category and the IAAF Gold Label is a proof of that. This year there isn't much change from the previous year's besides some challenges in terms of the route, which we shall sort out soon. That apart, I am certain that all the preparations are in place and it will be another great event for all participants including the top athletes in the world."
Besides the doctors, there would be nearly 1500 Law & Order and Traffic Police on Race Day to prevent any untoward incidents. Their efforts would be supplemented by 500 private security guards and 1000 volunteers. 60,000 liters of water, besides the Sports Drink Gatorade would be provided to keep the participants hydrated. There will be a total of eight water stations and two Gatorade sports drink stations on the route.
The event would be telecast live between 7.00 am and 10.30 am on Star Plus and DD Sports. Race Day activities will begin with the World 10K Elite race for men at 7.10 a.m., followed by the Senior Citizens Run at 7.20 a.m, the World 10k Elite race for women at 7.55 a.m., the Open 10K run at 8.00 a.m., the Wheelchair Event at 8.50 a.m. and the Majja Run at 9.00 a.m.