Bali Bhagat inaugurates ‘Play for Health’ state-level Football tourney

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Srinagar—Minister for Health & Medical Education, Bali Bhagat inaugurated month-long State level mega Football Tournament at TRC Synthetic Turf  Football Stadium, an official statement said Wednesday.

According to the statement, Bhagat was chief guest at a glittering opening ceremony which was attended by a galaxy of sports lovers.

First of its kind,  the Department of Health & Medical Education in collaboration with the J&K State Sports Council and J&K Football Association under the slogan “Play for Health”  (Khelo Sehat Ke Liye) is organizing the tourney.

The objective of the tournament, the statement said, to involve College students  from both the divisions of the state in this popular game. The students from various Degree Colleges across the State will participate  in the month-long tourney. The matches will be played on knockout basis in almost all the districts. The semis and final of the event shall be played in Srinagar.

The inaugural match was played between Amar Singh College and S.P. College. To encourage the players, the Minister himself participated in the opening game as a player that enthralled the audience in the pavilions.

Speaking on the occasion, the Minister said that sports play a vital role in the harmonious development of the youth, adding the sports are as important as education. He said that the Government has given priority to this sector and has taken various steps for the promotion of Sports activities in the State.

“The union Government has been providing liberal funds for upgrading the existing and development of new infrastructure under the sector,” he said.

The Minister said that the Department of Health & Medical Education, which is associated with the good health of the people has initiated to give impetus to the sports activities involving large number of youth, especially the college students across the State. He said that the sports not only keep the youth physically and mentally fit, but also inculcate the sense of team spirit, responsibility, discipline and patriotism that help to make one responsible citizens. The sports activities also help in keeping the youth away from the drugs addiction and various other social evils in the society, said the Minister.

Bali said that the initiative will provide an opportunity to the budding players to showcase their talent which will help them to make their way at the national and international level. He said the football is the popular sports in the State, especially in the Kashmir Valley and hoped that more and more youth will participate in the sports activities in the coming times. He said that Government was making all out efforts to develop sports stadia in every nook and corner of the State to facilitate the sports persons. He said that the ace players of the State  will participate at national and inter-national level in various games and bring laurel to the State and nation. He wished high success to the players and organizers for this lengthy sports bonanza.

Earlier, the Minister was introduced with the organizers, players and sports staff.

Meanwhile, the organizers also gave mementoes to the Minister and other guests on the occasion.

Dr. Mushtaq Ahmed Rather, Project Director, J&K AIDS Control Society, who is also Nodal Officer of the tournament welcomed the gathering and gave brief account of activities of the tournament. He said that the tournament will be played on knockout basis between the players of various Degree Colleges in Kashmir and Jammu Divisions in different district headquarters. The winner team of the tournament will be honored with cash awards of Rs. 1.50 lakh and trophies. The runner-up and third place team will get 1 lakh and Rs. 50,000/- respectively.

Prominent among those present on the occasion included, Secretary Technical, Health & Medical Education, Dr. Abdul Kabir Dar, Principal JVC, Dr. Rayaz Ahmed Untoo, Director Family Welfare, Dr. Sameer Mattoo, Mission Director, NHM, Dr. Mohan Singh, Controller Drugs & Food Control Organization, Lotika Khajuria, Managing Director, J&K State Medical Supplies Corporation Ltd, Inderjeet Bhagat, Principal Government Dental College, Srinagar, Dr. Farooq Riaz, Principal GMC, Dr. Samia Rashid, prominent footballers Mehraj-ud-Din Wadoo, Ishfaq Ahmed, President J&K Football Association, Z.A. Thakur and large number of doctors and large number of sports lovers.

Islamia College win curtain raiser tie

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Islamia College Football team beat Amar Singh College 2-0 in the curtain raiser game of “Play for Health” inter College Football tournament played at TRC Ground Srinagar on Wednesda. The tournament which was inaugurated by Minister for Health Bali Bhagat is bei9gn organised by Department of Health Services J&K in collaboration with J&K Football Association and J&K State Sports Council.

Shezan drew the first blood finding the net in the 22nd minute to give Islamia College lead which remained intact at the end of the first half. The second wasn’t any different with Islamia College dominating the show and doubling the lead in the 63rd minute through Jazib. The lead proved to be unassailable with Amar Singh winning the game 2-0. 

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