SRINAGAR Twenty nine teams from across India participated in the mega Football Championship of 61st National School Games held at Bakshi Stadium, Srinagar here.
The tournament which was organized for U-19 age group boys by Department of Youth Services & Sports J&K under the aegis of School Games Federation Of India concluded today with the grand finale played at Bakshi Stadium here.
Matches of the School National were played on the six famous play fields of Srinagar i.e. Bakshi Stadium, Polo Ground, TRC Synthetic Turf, SP College Ground, Kashmir University Ground and Gindun Play Field Rajbagh.
Championship was inaugurated by Chief Minister of J&K, Mufti Mohammad Sayeed on Oct. 9th. Union Minster for Youth Affairs & Sports Sarbananda Sonowal and Minster for Youth Services & Sports J&K Molvi Imran Raza Ansari were present on this occasion as guests of honor. Famous Radio Broadcaster Ashfaq Lone and young TV Anchor Azhar Hajini conducted proceedings of the inaugural ceremony.
In the final match of the Football National, State Team of Punjab defeated Maharastra by 1-0, Rajasthan got third place after giving a tuff defeat to NVS by 3-0.
Director General of YS&S Jahangir Mir was Chief Guest on the valedictory and award ceremony of the Championship.
He after congratulating the winning team applauded the efforts of the field staff of Youth Services & Sports Department in making the tournament a great success.
He said that his Department is committed to boost sports talent of the state and no stone will be left unturned to encourage and guide all those students who have interest in games and sports. Others who were present on this occasion include Director Radio Kashmir Himayun Qaisar, Joint Director YS&S Madan Lal, Deputy Director (Central) YS&S Haji Mirza Hussain, DYSSO Srinagar Balbir Singh, Senior functionaries of SGFI and media people.
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