: No less than 1,309 players participated in the first day of U-17 matches which took place in Ludhiana under Khedan Vatan Punjab Diyan on Monday.
Teams representing Fatehgarh Sahib, Barnala, Fazilka and Jalandhar emerged victorious in the men’s handball championship while in the girls, teams from Hoshiarpur, Mansa and Sangrur won the matches.
In the boys’ softball game, Barnala, Moga and Ludhiana came out on top while in the girls’ games, teams from Sangrur, Amritsar, Moga and Patiala secured their place in the next round.
In the last handball matches for the U-14 category, Jalandhar’s team won the gold medal in the boys’ category while Ludhiana won the silver medal. In girls’ matches, Mansa won the trophy at home.
District Sports Officer Ravinder Singh said: “To boost the morale of the players, the department has organized premium medals which will help instill a sense of importance in players who are taking part in games for the first time.”
Ludhiana hosts a total of four matches – handball, judo, softball and basketball for the U-14, U-17, U-21 and 21-40 categories. Softball matches are held at Guru Nanak Stadium while Judo competitions are underway at the Multi-Purpose Sports Hall and Handball matches are held at GSSS, Punjab Agricultural University.
Ludhiana girls shine in table tennis
Bringing laurels to the district, the women’s under-21 team won a gold medal in the state level table tennis matches held in Barnala.
The women’s team in the under-17 and under-14 categories won the bronze medal. The men’s hockey team in the under-17 category won third place in the championship at the state level.
State-level matches under Punjab Khed Mela which are held in nine districts of Punjab will end on October 22.
Players who have won gold medals in different judo events (girls) include Maya (Patiala) in -40kg, Sanjana (Hoshiarpur) in -44kg, Muskan Bansal in -48kg, Sanjana Rani (Fazilka) in -52kg , Kamika (Hoshiarpur) in -57 kg, Aditi (Hoshiarpur) in -63kg, Kirandeep Kaur (Tarn Taran) in -70kg, Jatin (Patiala) in -35kg, Sarath Kanwalpreet (Gurdaspur) in +70kg.
Winning players in the Under 14, Under 17 and Under 21 categories will receive ₹10,000 for the first position, ₹7,000 for the second and ₹5,000 for the third position, as well as certificates.