Chennai: Procam International, organisers of the country’s finest distance running events, today announced six-time world champion, 1988 Olympic Gold medallist and former world record holder for men’s pole vault, Sergey Bubka as the International Event Ambassador for the 15th edition of the Tata Mumbai Marathon, to be held on 21st January 2018.
The 54-year-old Ukrainian pole vaulter was one of the first 24 athletes to be inducted as the inaugural members of the International Association of Athletics Federations Hall of Fame. Sergey was the first pole vaulter to clear 6.0 metres and 6.10 metres, and broke the world record for men’s pole vault 35 times. He is Senior Vice President of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF), serving since 2007, and President of the National Olympic Committee of Ukraine, serving since 2005. He is also an Honorary Member of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), having been involved since 1996. Sergey works closely with the UNESCO as a Champion for Sport, and as an Academy Member for the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation. He dedicates most of his time in promoting the value of sport to young people across the globe.
On being announced as International Event Ambassador of the Tata Mumbai Marathon, Sergey Bubka said “It’s an absolute pleasure to be a part of the esteemed Tata Mumbai Marathon. I have heard a lot about the energy and spirit of this iconic race, and am looking forward to partaking in the exhilarating experience in Mumbai. The determination and commitment to training that avid runners and marathoners put in prior to the race day makes the journey to the finish line worthwhile. I wish all the participants a great race!”
Vivek B Singh, Joint Managing Director, Procam International said, “We are delighted to bring on board a living legend, Sergey Bubka as the event ambassador for the 2018 edition of the Tata Mumbai Marathon. To this day, Bubka works tirelessly to spread the spirit of sport through his stellar work in sports administration across the world. He has won numerous international awards for his sporting achievements and continues to share his passion for sport with the widest audience possible. With his vast experience and international achievements, he will lend a positive impact to the event and provide inspiration to sport fans across the country.”
Tata Mumbai Marathon is one of the largest participative sporting events in Asia and India’s biggest platform for charity. With a prize money of US$405,000, the TATA Mumbai Marathon 2018 will witness participants including world-class Indian and international athletes, professional and amateur runners, and fitness enthusiasts.