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19th UT level Athletic Championship inaugurated

JAMMU: The 19th J&K Athletics Championship received tremendous response with nearing 500 Athletes from all corners of the Union Territory competing for the top honours in the three-day competition, being organised by J&K Amateur Athletics Association (JKAAA) at Jammu University Ground, here.

The opening day witnessed finals of a couple of track events.

In open men (1500 mtrs), Mohd Muneer of Samba stood 1st, Ashwani Kant of Doda remained 2nd and Rahul Prajapat from Jammu clinched 3rd spot, whereas in shot put, Manpreet Singh, Mohd Azam and Sourav Sharma of Jammu district clinched top three positions respectively and in women category, Kusum Chib from Jammu, Sonali Dogra from Samba and Gagandeep Kour from Jammu bagged 1st, 2nd and 3rd places respectively.

The event is also marked to celebrate ‘Azadi Ka Amrut Mahotsav' in collaboration with Directorate of Sports and Physical Education, Jammu University under the aegis of Athletics Federation of India (AFI), J&K Sports Council (JKSC) and J&K Olympic Association (JKOA).

The mega meet was declared open by Vice Chancellor Jammu University, Prof Manoj K Dhar in the presence of vice president of Indian Olympic Association (IOA), Dr Ashutosh Sharma, Director Sports and Physical Education, Daud Iqbal Baba and president of JKAAA, Suneel Mahajan.

Speaking on the occasion, the chief guest expressed happiness to see such a big crowd of athletes taking part in the championship. The Vice Chancellor advised the organising committee to strictly observe the COVID-19 guidelines, issued by the Government.

Prominent among others present were Ravinder Singh (senior vice president, JKAAA), Sarwant Singh Gill (general secretary, JKSC), Ajay Sharma (treasurer), Ravi Salgotra (treasurer JKSC), Vikas Gupta (secretary, J&K Judo Association).

Representatives from district units of the Association present were Manu Wazir (Reasi), Rahul Bakshi (Reasi), Bhushan Singh (Baramulla), Riaz Ahmed (Anantnag), Sahil Raina (Rajouri) and Vikas (Poonch).


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