‘My Town My Pride’: Thang-Ta, Table Tennis Draws Huge Crowd in Tral, Pulwama

Srinagar, April 15: Events in the disciplines of Thang-Ta and table tennis were held in Tral, Pulwama in addition, hockey and handball were held today in the border district of Poonch.

The events under the banner of “My Youth My Pride” in the disciplines of Thang-ta and table tennis took place in a multipurpose hall in Tral Pulwama in which more than 130 participants took an active part in addition to a large gathering that reached the venue to watch the matches in progress.

Manzoor Hussein Reshi Forest Officer, Tral was the main guest on the occasion. While interacting with the athletes and others at the venue, he said everyone should actively participate in games and sports, if not as a career prospect, but for physical and mental well-being.

Games and sports bring a discipline in life that ends up being reflected in other aspects of their respective lives, he added.

The main guest also appreciated J&K Sports Council for introducing new sports disciplines in the picturesque Tral.

Meanwhile, the Youth League Football Tournament and the Spring Shield Cricket Tournaments proved to be crowd draws, especially as both events entered the next round.

Yesterday’s match between the Wonder Boys and Hutmurah Sports went to the wire and in the end it was the Wonder Boys who prevailed over their opponents to earn a place in the next round. Although Hutmurah Sports totaled 148 runs for the loss of 7 wickets in their 20 overs allowed with Abid contributing 44 runs in the chase but in the end it was well compiled 51 runs from Saqib which helped his side reach the shore. Ashraf with 4 and Manan with 3 wickets were among the highest wicket takers for Hatmura and Wonder Boys respectively. Saqib for his winning move was declared man of the match.

The only game of today’s match at the venue between MIE Akura and BSK Karshangam was in progress at the time of the report.

Meanwhile, yesterday’s football match played between Eithad FA and Bandipora FA at Gani Memorial Stadium Downtown Srinagar was a thriller as both teams showed exemplary skills even though neither could score the goal till at the last cry. Both teams gained one point each, but based on performances from previous matches, Baramulla FA confirmed their place in the Youth League final round. Ubaid of Baramulla FA for his extraordinary performance was voted man of the match.

My Youth My Pride activities continued for the second day at Sports Stadium Poonch where Handball and Hockey matches were organized. Sunil Sharma, President Muncipal Coorporation Poonch was the chief guest and Dr. Updeshpal Sharma was the guest of honor while Prem Luthera, Narjeet Singh and Priyanka, Secretary Singh Hockey J&K attended the ceremony as special guests.

While speaking on the occasion, the leading guests hailed the performance of the men’s and women’s hockey teams who represented the district in the recently concluded UT Championship at KK Hakhu Stadium Jammu and congratulated all for the excellent show of the event. The main guest hopes that the players of the J&K Hockey teams will play with the same zeal at the national and international levels whenever the opportunity arises. He also appreciated the role of the Sports Council in promoting sport in the region.

The first hockey game played between Power House Hockey Club Poonch and Sham Lal Hockey Club Poonch entered the latter’s prize pool based on a lone goal scored in the second half. In the second match played between Khelo India Center Poonch and Stadium XI, the latter emerged victorious after beating their opponents by 2-1 goals. The handball match between the teams in Stadium-A and Stadium-B at the venue was in progress at the time of filing the report.

The players and spectators present at the occasion appreciated the role of the Jammu and Kashmir Sports Council and the Secretary’s Sports Council in particular in providing equal opportunities not only in the two divisions of the territory of the Union, but also for gender balance. The participants also asked the authorities to include more games and increase the number of participants’ capacity in these events.

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