Sports play crucial role in physical fitness, personality development: Sharma
JAMMU: Host J&K clinched title trophies in both boys and girls U-19 Boys category while in U-17 Girls category Haryana emerged victorious in the 62nd National School Games (NSGs) in the disciplines of Cricket Under-17 Girls and Tennis Cricket Under-19 Boys and Girls concluded at Parade Ground here on Saturday.
The five day sports event was declared closed by Minister of State for Transport, Youth Services and Sports, Sunil Kumar Sharma.
The games were organized by the Youth Services & Sports (YSS) Department under the aegis of the School Games Federation of India (SGFI). Sixteen teams from all over the country participated in this prestigious event.
Speaking on the occasion, Sunil Sharma thanked the participating teams and their players for coming here and making the event a success.
The Minister said sports play crucial role in the physical fitness and well being of people, apart from contributing to social inclusiveness, gender equality and youth development.
The Minister said the Government is committed to promote sports in the State. He said organizing such events provide opportunities to the players to gain knowledge of the culture of each other. He called for constituting Youth Parliaments at district level to give their suggestions for better sports activities.
Secretary, YSS Hilal Ahmad Parray in his address highlighted the achievements of the department. He thanked the SGFI for allotting first time Tennis Cricket game to Jammu and Kashmir. He said National School Games is a medium for promoting the values of sports among the youth.
Congratulating the winning teams including J&K, Parray said that this year the players of our State won so many medals.
Observer, SGFI S N Choudhary also spoke on the occasion and assured the YSS department of J&K for full support in organizing NSG in the State in future.
Overall trophies and prizes were given to the winners by the Chief Guest. He also congratulated the organizers and the key departments for their round the clock services to the teams.