THE YEAR 2006 witnessed an immense increase in the sports activities in the City and a number of sportspersons brought laurels to their hometown by excelling at national and international events.
The year began with the hosting of CBSE National Athletics Meet under the aegis of Maharsihi Vidya Mandir. Simultaneously, the School Education Department successfully organised the national games that included women’s cricket and track & field events. During these two weeklong national events more than 4000 school students participated in the sports.
Another milestone in the sports came when the budget of Sports and Youth Welfare Department was increased from Rs 5 crore to Rs 24 crore. “The successful year of 2006 has motivated us a lot. We have hoped that the coming year would see more activities”, said Director Sports Sanjay Chaudhary.
For the first time, the Vikram Awards presentation function organised twice in the year. With this, the Sports Department streamlined the distribution of awards.
A big gathering of sportspersons was seen in the national billiards and snooker tournament cum camp here. For the first time, Bhopal witnessed the gathering of international stars like Geet Sethi, Pankaj Advani, Michael Ferreira and others.
The summer coaching camps were organised on a much larger scale by the Sports Department. The department increased the number of games and organised camps at the rural areas also. Besides, private organisations also organised summer coaching camps in large numbers.
Though the Bhopal Divisional Cricket Association (BDCA) has been organising various coaching camps, the Sports Department took the initiative to organise the cricket talent search. The selected players were sent to MRF Pace Academy for a weeklong training.
A national football tourney for physically challenged, organised by the Special Olympics MP Chapter in association with the Sports Department, provided a separate platform for such players. For the water sports, the year brought opening of National Sailing School at the Upper Lake. Naval Chief of Staff Admiral Arun Prakash inaugurated the school.
The year provided platform to the players of non-conventional games like bridge. Under the aegis of the MP Bridge Association, the 48th Winter National Bridge Championship was organised that saw participation of more than 1100 players from across the country.
Besides, prestigious matches of Vijay Merchant Trophy were organised at the Bab-e-Aali Stadium. Bhopal Divisional Cricket Association (BDCA) hosted the matches. Earlier this year, BCCI representative Taposh Chattrejee visited the City.
The Ahmad Sher Khan All India Hockey Tournament, organised in the last month of the year, provided a platform to the local players.
SAI Centre Bishenkheri witnessed a number of activities for the first time this year including boxing, hockey, football and taekwondo.
Major achievements of the year:
1. Rajkumari Dodiya won three gold medals in SAF Games
2. Madhuri Bhagwat won gold in Asian Bench-Press Competition
3. SAI hockey team of Bhopal won All India hockey tourney
4. Riyazuddin was selected captain of the Indian basketball team
5. Kamal Chawla win All India Open Snooker Championship
6. Fencing team won gold in national junior championship
7. Ajitesh Argal was selected for India under-19 cricket camp
8. BDCA under-15 and under-17 teams lifted trophies
9. Barkatullah University Hockey team won the West Zone Inter-University Hockey Championship
10. National hockey camp for women was organised
11. Women’s hockey academy was opened