Appreciating larger participation of youth in various sports events, former minister and Senior State Vice President National Conference Surjeet Singh Slathia exuded confidence that talented players of the state will fine-tune their capabilities and make a mark in national and international events.
“We have abundant talent and given opportunities, coaching, and avenues the day is not far when our cricketers will be wearing blues and making the state proud”, Mr Slathia said while declaring open Samba Premier League Cricket Tournament at Gurha Slathia here on Thursday.
The former minister said that holding of such tournaments will help in identifying talent, so as to polish and prepare them for bigger events. He lauded the enthusiasm among the budding cricketers and hoped that such competitions will place them in good stead to face the competitive world with vigour and confidence. He wished success to the participants, saying though just one team will make it to the top yet this should not be the end of the game.
“In sports, there is always other time”, he said and hoped that emulating this spirit the players will do their best and play with commitment,” Slathia said.
The opening match of the Samba Premier League Cricket Tournament was played between Nathwal Eleven versus Garh Madi Eleven. In all 32 teams are participating in the tournament.
Others who were present included Dr Roopali Slathia (Lecturer Physical Education), Abida Khan (Lecturer Physical Education) besides ex Sarpanches Raman Slathia, Mohan Lal, Isher Singh, Darshan Choudhary, Bhagwan Dass, Subhash Chander, Sodagar Gupta City President NC
The organisers included Jatinder Slathia, Makhnu Mangleshwar Singh, Akhil Slathia, Shubham Slathia, Sokeah Slathia, Sandeep Singh and Sudershan Singh.