Associated News Bureau

Budgam :

Budgam March 30: Additional District Development Commissioner Budgam Mohammad Akramullah Tak after declaring the inter district UT level Kabaddi competitions Open interacted with the participating players at Sports Stadium here.

“I am happy that youth in huge numbers are participating in games and sports and achieving great laurels for the UT” ADDC said.  He while praising the organizers for gathering student players from all the 20 Districts together advised that the players should be made to feel homely by ensuring all the necessary arrangements of lodging, food etc for them.  “For a long time, sports have been viewed as a way to stay healthy and in shape, but its importance goes much further. As a matter of fact, playing sports teaches life lessons like discipline, responsibility, self-confidence, accountability, and teamwork.”, he added.

The tournament is being organized under the supervision of Principal Secretary to Government Youth Services and Sports Department J&K Alok Kumar and Director YS&S Gazanfer Ali. 240 student Kabaddi players drawn from all the Districts of the UT are taking part in the tournament with the support and guidance of 24 Coaches and Managers who are accompanying their contingents.

The tourney is being played on league cum Knockout basis and 48 scheduled matches of the tournament will be played till 1st April. A colorful award ceremony is being organized on the last date of the Tournament.

Prominent among many others who were present on this occasion include Nayeem Ahmad Wani DySP Budgam, Saima Akhter BDC member BK Pora, District Youth Services and Sports Officer Budgam Nusrat Jan,  former captain of J&K National Kabaddi team Haji Mohammad Shafi and Aijaz Ahmed Dar.