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Declares 29th Handball National Championship Open

Srinagar: Governor of Jammu and Kashmir, N. N. Vohra, today inaugurated the 29th Sub-Junior Boys (Under 15) and 14th Mini Girls (Under 12) Handball National Championship at the Sher-i-Kashmir Indoor Sports Complex, here this evening.

In all, 23 teams drawn from various States are participating in the Sub-Junior Boys Tournament and 14 teams are taking part in the Mini Girls in this 6-day Championship which has been organised by the J&K Handball Association under the aegis of the Handball Federation of India and J&K State Sports Council.

R. S. Chib, Minister for Youth Services and Sports; K. Rajendra, Additional Director General of Police (Armed/Law and Order); J. P. Singh, Director, Youth Services and Sports; .Dalip Thussu, Secretary, J&K State Sports Council; office bearers of the Handball Federation of India and the J&K Handball Association, participating teams and handball lovers were present on the occasion.

The Governor, who was Chief Guest on the occasion, complimented the Handball Federation of India and the J&K Handball Association for organising this important event in the State. He said that holding of more and more sporting events promote camaraderie and enlarge understandings among the youth of various parts of the country besides giving a fillip to sports and improving the overall environment. 

Referring to the 29th Sub-Junior Boys and 14th Mini Girls Handball Championship, the Governor observed that handball lovers would get a very good opportunity to witness these teams in action in the coming five days.   

The governor took the salute from the contingents of the players at an impressive March Past, which was followed by Oath taking Ceremony by the teams.

Earlier, the officials of the Handball Federation of India and the J&K Handball Association were introduced to the Governor. The players of J&K and Himachal Pradesh teams, who played opening match of the tournament, were also introduced to the Governor on this occasion. He interacted with them and wished them a good handball and a bright future ahead.

Chib presented a memento to the Governor on this occasion.

R. S. Chib, Minister for Youth Services and Sports, gave details of the various initiatives being taken for the promotion of sports and games in the State. He dwelt on the history and evolution of the handball game in J&K. He thanked the Governor for taking keen interest in the promotion of sports in the State and for inaugurating this Championship. He urged the participating players to be the ambassadors of J&K in their respective States and disseminate the message that J&K is as safe as any other place in the country. He wished them a comfortable stay and good game.

. S. M. Bali, Secretary General, Handball Federation of India and President, J&K Handball Association, in his welcome address, dwelt on the measures being taken for the promotion of the game of handball. He also threw light on the handball events being organized in the State later this year and the next year.

Prof. B. A. Shah, Joint Secretary, Sports Council, presented a Vote of Thanks.

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