Our CorrespondentMANGALDAI: Octogenarian sports organizer and veteran athlete of international reputation Biren Medhi of Mangaldai in a unique and exceptional way celebrated his 80th birthday by completing one hour race continuously in MSA stadium here.With the motto of ‘run for good health’ this ever young sportsman even at the age of 80 decided to run for one hour only to inspire and encourage the younger generation. Talking to The Sentinel Biren Medhi who already has taken part in international masters Athletics meets several times made a hearty appeal to the younger generation to make them away from all intoxicating substances only to maintain a good health and to make a stronger nation. Another septuagenarian person Suren Barua, Industrialist cum Secretary of Mangaldai Sports Association (MSA) Anupam Deka also accompanied him during the one hour run.Mention may be made here that Darrang District Sports Journalists Association and Mangaldai Sports Association to mark his 80th birthday organized a day-long program which began with a marathon from Kalaigaon to MSA Stadium in the early hours today. As many as seventy participants took part in the marathon. Later in an open meeting at MSA ground attended by leading and senior citizens, sportspersons, sports organizers coming from various parts of Darrang and Udalguri district offered him felicitation on his birthday. In the function inaugurated by Mangaldai legislator Guru Jyoti Das, Darrang Deputy Commissioner Ashok Kumar Barman released a book on the life and works of Biren Medhi.“Biren Medhi with his long involvement in sports and athletics which he is continuing even at the age of 80 is no doubt a rare chapter which all the younger generation should follow. With his determination and involvement in sports activities, he has been able to win over the age” said Deputy Commissioner Ashok Kumar Barman in his speech. Secretary of Darrang district Sports Journalist Association Ganesh Dutta and sports organizer Bichitra Medhi anchored the felicitation function.