VARIOUS EVENTS were organised today on Sports Day, the birth anniversary of Major Dhyanchand, which is celebrated around the nation every year.
Sports and Youth Welfare Department organised various games including basketball, boxing, badminton and table tennis at the Tatya Tope Stadium.
The special guest on the occasion former Olympian Inam-ur-Rehman said the present generation should make Maj Dhyanchand their ideal.
“His stick is applauded by every hockey playing nation,” said Rehman. He added Dhyanchand had coached the team even at the age of 65.
On the occasion, a friendly football match was played between coaches and players. Coaches’ team won the match 2-0. Sports department’s Regional Sports Officer (RSO) Vandana Saxena organised trekking in Kerwa Hills, tug-of-war at Ankur Ground and kabaddi at 25th battalion.
Sports Authority of India (SAI) celebrated the day by organising a friendly match between SAI Training Centre and the national women campers of Indian hockey team.
The match was played at SAI Centre, Bishenkheri. SAI regional director AK Sharma, national coach Satish Kaushik and others were present, on the occasion.
Physical Education Department of Barkatullah University (BU) celebrated the sports day by garlanding the photo of Maj Dhyanchand with flowers. Students of the department took an oath to donate blood whenever required.
Exploring new talent
FOR THE first time, Sports and Youth Welfare Department took the initiative to explore talent available in the City’s slums.
The Department selected children from slums and organised a hockey event. The children demonstrated hockey skills they learned from coaches of the Sports Department at Tatya Tope Stadium.
“Sports Day was the best day to invite such talented children from slums,” sports director Sanjay Chaudhary said.