JAMMU: Committing to the mission of maximizing the scope of sports activities through J&K, several sports activities under the banner of special sports initiatives were held in Jammu and Kathua districts.
A big gymnastics event was held at the gymnastics academy, New Indoor Sports Complex Jammu. Competitions in mini, sub-junior, junior and senior categories for rhythmic, aerobic and artistic events were held.
Jammu Deputy Commissioner, Avny Lavasa was the chief guest on the occasion, while CDA Jammu, Rakesh Dubey attended the ceremony as guest of honour. Sports Council member Ranjeet Kalra, Ashok Singh Sports Officer, and managers SP Singh and Satish Gupta, along with other J&K Sports Council officials and coaches also attended the event.
While interacting with the gymnasts, the main guest said that the sport inculcates the values of cooperation and excellent teamwork in addition to developing a sense of punctuality and obedience.
Ashok Singh delivered the welcome speech, while the vote of thanks was delivered by Ranjeet Kalra.
The indoor sports complex was packed with parents, families and other spectators attending. Over 200 gymnasts participate in the event which includes well known faces of J&K gymnastics.
Meanwhile, KK Hakhu Hockey Stadium remained buzzing with hockey activities and many games were played throughout the day.
Rajeev Sharma, a member of the J&K Sports Council, inaugurated the event during which matches are held for boys and girls.
A large number of spectators were present at the site when the event began. Others present at the occasion included Sports Officer Jammu and Stadium Manager KK Hakhu in addition to Priyanka Singh, Harman Singh, Ishan Sharma, Gurpreet Singh, Jaspreet Singh and Anjali Thakur, J&K office members Hockey Association.
Early in the morning, Bashir Ahmad Bhat, Joint Secretary of the Sports Council, called a review meeting to expedite the activities of My Youth My Pride in Jammu Division.
Addressing the District Chiefs of Jammu Division, Bashir Ahmad called on all to work out the modalities to extend the reach to the areas that have so far been left out of the sport. He also asked the sports officer to coordinate the event at the divisional level to make the program a great success.
In other activities of the day, Kathua hosted several Kho-Kho and Judo events in which a large number of participants and spectators were present.
While the judo event was hosted at Kartar Public School, Barnoti, and opened by Brijeshwar Singh, President of BDC Barnoti, Er. DDC member Sandeep Malhotra inaugurated the Kho-Kho event at JK Kathua Public School in which 200 players from different teams participated. The field remained filled to capacity throughout the day. Principal of JK Public School presided over the ceremony as guest of honour.
Meanwhile, in the ongoing U17 Gold Cup football tournament held at GGM Science College, a number of matches were played yesterday,
In the first match, Young Tiger was defeated by Nagrota FC. Rajinder Abrol, president of Young Hero was invited on the occasion.
Shivam Mehra, Abhishek Chander, Soyam Gupta and Lalit Kumar officiated the match.
Churchill Brothers and Kuta Royal FC are due to face each other today at the same venue.
The events are held as part of the MY Youth My Pride special sports initiative through the J&K.
These activities are outside of the regular workout and training classes provided through J&K, J&K Sports Official said.