Jammu, Kathua host Gymnastics, Judo competitions

JAMMU : Embarking on the mission to maximise the reach of sports activities across J&K, several sports activities under the banner of special sports initiatives were held in Jammu and Kathua dis- tricts.
A grand gymnastic event was held in the gymnastics academy, New Indoor Sports Complex Jammu.
Competitions in the cate- gories of mini, sub-junior, junior, and senior for rhyth- mic, aerobic, and artistic events were held.
Deputy Commissioner Jammu, Avny Lavasa was the chief guest on the occa- sion, while ADC Jammu, Rakesh Dubey attended the function as the guest of hnour. Ranjeet Kalra, a member of the Sports Council, Ashok Singh Sports Officer, and man- agers S P Singh and Satish Gupta, besides other offi- cials and coaches from J&K Sports Council also attended the event.
While interacting with
the gymnasts, the chief guest said that sports incul- cate the values of coopera- tion and excellent teamwork besides developing a sense of punctuality and obedi- ence.
Ashok Singh presented the welcome address, while vote of thanks was present- ed by Ranjeet Kalra.
The indoor sports com- plex was jam-packed with parents and family and other spectators present at the venue. More than 200 gym- nasts are participating in the event which includes some well-known faces of J&K
gymnastics.
Meanwhile, K K Hakhu Hockey Stadium remained abuzz with hockey activities and many matches were played throughout the day.
Rajeev Sharma, a mem- ber of the J&K Sports Council, inaugurated the event in which matches for both boys and girls are being held.
A large number of spec- tators were present at the venue when the event kick- started. Among the others present on the occasion included Sports Officer Jammu and Manager K K
Hakhu Stadium besides Priyanka Singh, Harman Singh, Ishan Sharma, Gurpreet Singh, Jaspreet Singh, and Anjali Thakur the office bearers of the J&K Hockey Association.
Early in the morning, Bashir Ahmad Bhat, Joint Secretary, Sports Council convened a review meeting to speed up ‘My Youth My Pride’ activities in the Jammu division.
While addressing the heads of the districts from the Jammu division, Bashir Ahmad asked all to work out the modalities to extend
reach to the areas that have so far remained aloof from sports.
In the other activities of the day, Kathua hosted sev- eral events in Kho-Kho and Judo in which a large num- ber of participants and spec- tators were present.
While the Judo event was hosted at Kartar Public School, Barnoti, and inau- gurated by Brijeshwar Singh, BDC Chairman Barnoti, Er Sandeep Malhotra, DDC member, inaugurated the Kho-Kho event at JK Public School Kathua in which 200 players
drawn into different teams participated. The ground remained packed to full capacity all through the day.
Director JK Public School presided over the function as guest of honour.
Meanwhile, in the ongo- ing U17 Gold Cup Football Tournament held in GGM Science college number of matches were played yester- day, In the first match, Young Tiger was trounced by Nagrota FC. Rajinder Abrol, Chairman of Young Hero was a guest on the occasion.
Shivam Mehra, Abhishek Chander, Soyam Gupta, and Lalit Kumar officiated the match.
Churchill Brothers and Kuta Royal FC are sched- uled to lock horns today at the same venue.
The events are being played under the special sports initiative ‘My Youth My Pride’ across the J&K.
These activities are apart from the regular coaching and training classes con- ducted across the J&K, said J&K Sports Official.