THE INTERNATIONAL kayak player of Bhopal, Ankit Pachauri, won the only gold for MP team on the inaugural day of the 17th National Kayaking and Canoeing Championship that began at Water Sports Centre of Sports Directorate, Upper Lake on Wednesday.
Contesting in the junior boys’ C-1 category of the 1000m, Ankit Pachauri started with a leads of few seconds. O James of Andhra Pradesh gave a tough fight to Ankit. After a close contest, an experienced Ankit bagged the first gold for the State team with a timing of 4.52 minutes. James had to be content with the second position with the timing of 4.57 minutes.
Ankit then joined forces with Shakti Keer to bring a bronze for the State team in the C-2 category. Suraj Negi and Amarjeet of Army Sports Control Board (ASCB) stood first in the same meet.
Services Sports Control Board (SSCB) dominated the inaugural day. The team won gold in the senior men C-4 category of the 1000m (Sanjit Singh, Sawlobow, Amarjeet Singh and Sabit Kumar), senior men K-1 category of the 1000m (DVS Negi), senior men K-4 category of the 1000m (DVS Negi, Amit Kumar, Lalit Kumar and Shanti Swaroop), senior men C-1 category of the 1000m (Amarjit Singh) and senior men K-2 category of the 1000m (Sanjay, Lalit Kumar).
More than 600 players from across the country are participating in the meet. Earlier, chief guest of the opening ceremony Finance Minister Raghavji Bhai inaugurated the meet. Speaking on the occasion, he said that the Government will give every possible support to the sports activities. “I am happy to see such a grand sports activity is being organised by sports department in the City.
All efforts will be made to support sports activities in the State”, said the chief guest. Sports Minister Yashodhara Raje Scindia in her address said that this championship is a part of the long-term policy of the department for the making the State leader in sports.
National Kayaking and Canoeing Association president AC Kohli in his address said that Bhopal has become the nodal centre for the water sports activities. “Bhopal, North East and Himachal are the places where special emphasis will be given”, said Kohli.
Director sports Sanjay Chaudhary in his welcome address said that department is seriously working on capitalising upon the potential of the lake for the water sports activities. On the occasion, Sports Principal Secretary P D Meena, MP Kayaking and Canoeing Association (MPKCA) general secretary B S Kushwaha, MPKCA president D K Arya, MPOA president Mahesh Joshi, joint director Vinod Pradhan, Col Ahluwalia, Prashant Kushwaha and others were present.