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?Games inculcate sportsman spirit in life?

?GAMES INCULCATE sportsman spirit in life,? said Governor said Dr Balram Jakhar while presenting the Eklavya, Vikram, Vishvamitra and Lifetime Achievement awards for 2003 and 2004 to 40 sportspersons today at a function, organised by the Sports and Youth Welfare Department in the City.

india Updated: Jan 28, 2006 13:28 IST

“GAMES INCULCATE sportsman spirit in life,” said Governor said Dr Balram Jakhar while presenting the Eklavya, Vikram, Vishvamitra and Lifetime Achievement awards for 2003 and 2004 to 40 sportspersons today at a function, organised by the Sports and Youth Welfare Department in the City.

Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan presided over the function. World billiards and snooker champion Pankaj Advani was the guest of honour at the function.

Speaking on the occasion, Jakhar said those who struggle relentlessly attain the goal. He exhorted the awardees not to rest on their laurels and to work harder to scale new heights in their respective disciplines and win laurels for the State and the nation.

The Chief Minister exhorted the recipients of the prestigious State-level awards to work harder to shine at the Olympics. “Of course, it is difficult, but not impossible. Firm determination and killer instinct hold key to success,” said Chouhan. He said the State Government has given priority to sports and ensured that the sportspersons would not be disappointed.

Addressing the gathering, world billiards champion Pankaj Advani hoped that the awards would inspire the players to perform still better in future and aim higher in life.

Minister for Sports and Youth Welfare Yashodhara Raje Scindia said the awards were pending for last two years. The State Government is giving priority to sports and efforts would be intensified to create a more favourable atmosphere for sports and games in the State under the guidance of the Chief Minister.

In all, 40 sportspersons received awards comprising Rs 50,000, memento and a citation. The recipients of the Eklavya awards for 2003 included Shashwat Patel, Bhopal for gymnastics, Supreet Kaur Jabalpur for basketball, Sukhada Nigunkar Indore for cricket, Alpana Tiwari Jabalpur for kho-sho, Sonal Sisodia Indore for diving, Parnita Vishwakarma Bhopal for Judo, Shridayal Yadav Indore for wrestling, Jainath Yadav, Bhopal for athletics, Gurpreet Kaur Dhillan Jabalpur for handball and Jyotsana Rao Gwalior for softball.

Recipients of Eklavya awards for 2004 included Rajendra Verma Bhopal for kayaking and canoeing, Syed Imran Ali Bhopal for hockey, Rashmi Chouhan, Jabalpur for taekwondo, Atul Jat Vidisha for taekwondo, Anju Inavati Jabalpur for basketball, Amrita Tiwari Jabalpur for kho-kho and Mahak Shrivastava for throwball.

The recipients of the awards Vikram awards for 2003 include Bindeshwari Goyal Indore for cricket, Girdharilal Yadav, Ujjain for yachting, Poonam Kumar Indore for shooting, Rizwan Kamal Pasha, Bhopal for taekwondo, Bhupendra Singh Jadaun, Bhopal for athletics, Pankaj Deshpandey Indore for kho-kho, Santosh Kumar Bhopal for weightlifting, Dalbir Singh Gwalior for equestrian, Bhupendra Singh Chouhan Bhopal for fencing, Jitendra Singh Indore for Baseball.

Vikram awards for 2003 were presented to Naveen Kumar Sahu Bhopal for canoeing and kayaking, Kavita Rai Bhopal for taekwondo, Nihal Singh Indore for equestrian, Rajesh Singh Jabalpur for weightlifting and S. Tandil Jabalpur for weightlifting.

The Vishwamitra awards for 2003 were presented to coaches Surendra Pal Bhopal for athletics, Baljit Singh, Bhopal for taekwondo and Ramarao Nagale Indore for basketball.

Vishwamitra awards for 2004 were presented to coaches Shradhananda Yadav Bhopal, N.P. Yadav Indore and Sanjaya Upadhyaya Jabalpur. J.M. Sharma Indore (posthumously) for basketball and Mathew Joseph, Jabalpur were presented the Lifetime Achievement award for volleyball.

Principal Secretary, Sports and Youth Welfare Ranjana Choudhary proposed the vote of thanks Anil Dave, Additional Chief Secretary Amar Singh, Director General of Police Swaraj Puri, Director Sports Sanjay Choudhary and mediapersons were present in a large number on the occasion.

Among others who attended the function were Minister for Finance Raghavji, Leader of Opposition in Vidhan Sabha Jamuna Devi; Minister of State for Culture Laxamikant Sharma, Deputy Speaker of Vidhan Sabha Hajarilal Raghuvanshi and a large number of distinguished persons. The ceremony began with rendition of Vandemataram by Suhasini Joshi.

First Published: Jan 28, 2006 13:28 IST