Layman Bagaria among six chosen for Olympic torch relay

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Mumbai, Mar 11 (UNI) Orthopaedic surgeon Vaibhav Bagaria was today chosen among a host of celebrities to run the Olympic Torch relay in Delhi on April 17.

Six people, inclusive of Dr Bagaria, the first Indian layman to run the Lenova-designed Olympic torch 'Cloud of Promise' relay, when it reaches Delhi on April 17, were selected today.

Other chosen celebrities are the brother-sister pair of Saif Ali Khan and Soha Ali Khan, who are the brand ambassadors of Lenova, Tennis star Leander Paes and top corporate executives Subramanian Ramadorai and Jaishankar Krishnan.

All the six torch bearers have demonstrated innovation in their respective fields and have built bridges across geographic, ethnic, demographic differences, keeping in line with the Olympic Games, it was stated here today after announcement of the names.

Speaking on the occasion, Lenova India Managing Director Amar Babu said, ''We see the Olympic Torch Relay as a significant opportunity to further introduce and showcase our brand to the world. Lenova is celebrating the power of Olympics by honouring these individuals who embody the Olympics spirit and motivate their peers and communities. We plan to honour them globally.'' Among the six chosen, Dr Bagaria was nominated as the most innovative thinker in a torchbearer search programme conducted in October last year.

Subramaniam Ramadorai was chosen for his global leadership and vision in software services, while Jaishankar Krishnan's exemplary contribution in improving fundamental IT distribution services got him the nod for being the Olympic torch bearer.

Leander Paes, was selected for his tennis achievements with Beijing Olympic Games being his fifth consecutive Olympics, while the brother-sister duo of Saif Ali Khan and Soma Ali Khan were chosen for their contribution to the Indian film industry.

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