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Devendra Fadnavis announces Rs 3 crore sports fund for Maharashtra Police

The fund will be used to build a synthetic track and for organising various sports events.

pune Updated: Nov 01, 2017 14:44 IST
Nadeem Inamdar
Nadeem Inamdar
Hindustan Times, Pune
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Chief minister Devendra Fadnavis felicitated winners of various events at the valedictory function of the 66th All-India Police Wrestling Cluster Championship on Tuesday.(HT PHOTO)

Maharashtra chief minister Devendra Fadnavis on Tuesday announced a Rs 3-crore sports fund for Maharashtra Police. The announcement came after the director general of police (DGP) Satish Mathur requested for a sports fund for the police force in the state and the permission to build a synthetic track for the athletes.

Fadnavis was delivering his keynote address during the valedictory function of the 66th All-India Police Wrestling Cluster Championship 2017, which took place at the SRPF Ground 1 and 2 under the aegis of All India Police Sport Control Board from October 27-31 .

He lauded the efforts of the police athletes for their sporting talent and said that the country was slated to achieve greater success taking into account the different medals being bagged by the police athletes at national and international level.

“Sports infuse a spirit of brotherhood and camaraderie amongst the policemen and is the best form of recreation. It helps in building a strong nation through the spirit of sportsmanship and national unity ,” he added.

Fadnavis also appreciated the State Reserve Police Force (SRPF), Maharashtra, for conducting the event in a professional and disciplined manner in accordance with rules of police discipline and ethos of the national police fraternity.

More than 2,000 participants took part in the mega event.

Wrestling champion Geeta Phogat, Pune police commissioner Rashmi Shukla, additional DGP Pradnya Sarvade, Sanjiv Kumar Singhal, special IG Suresh Kumar Mekala , SRPF commandant group II Sarang Awad , highway police SP Amol Tambe and SRPF commandant group I Sunil Phulari were also present on the occasion.

A total of 35 teams from the state police organisations and central paramilitary forces took part in the championship. Participants included 1,540 men and 501 women for competitions in wrestling, weight lifting, Kabaddi and boxing categories for both men and women athletes, where 29 trophies and 400 medals were given away to the winners.

First Published: Nov 01, 2017 14:33 IST