CAIRO: A 3 km walkathon kicked off Wednesday in South Sinai governorate’s city of El-Tor under the slogan “Sports unite people,” the head of youth and sports directorate in South Sinai, Osama Arab told Youm7.
The marathon was sponsored by Minister of State for Youth, Khaled Abdel Aziz, South Sinai governor, Major General Khaled Fouda along with youth and sports directorate in El-Tor city.
The marathon aims at raising the public awareness on the importance of sports, said Arab, who added that over 200 young people took part in the marathon.
It also aims to encourage people to practice sports that would help solving traffic congestion including walking, running and biking.
In May and under the same slogan, two similar marathons were conducted simultaneously in Upper Egypt’s governorate of Luxor and El-Fayoum governorate, 100 km south west of Cairo.
Over 300 participants aged between 15 and 45 years old participated in the marathons, according to Al-Tahrir newspaper.
On Friday soon after his swearing in as Egypt’s president, a set of photographs showed Abdel Fatah al-Sisi biking along with hundreds of cyclists through the streets of Cairo.
Before the rally, Sisi was quoted as saying that biking would save Egypt money and solve traffic congestion.