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Punjabi University moves closer to retain MAKA trophy for 6th time in a row

During last year, the university scored 84,895 points for its performance in sports at the inter-university, national and international sports events. 

punjab Updated: Jul 22, 2017 15:54 IST
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Hindustan Times, Patiala
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The university is ahead of other universities in the country to grab the prestigious trophy with 4,740 points, the release said.(HT File )

Punjabi University has moved closer to retaining the prestigious Maulana Abul Kalam Azad (MAKA) Trophy for 2016-17 for the sixth time in a row.Overall, the university was adjudged the country’s best in sports for the ninth time, according to a press release of the university.

The university is ahead of other universities in the country to grab the prestigious trophy with 4,740 points, the release said.

As per the self-calculated claims submitted to the sports division of the Association of Indian Universities (AIU), the university has presented its stake for the top position with 89,635 points, followed by Panjab University, Chandigarh, with 66,495 and Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar, with 50,640 points. Kurukshetra University claimed 25,275 points in the list.. the press release said.

During last year, the university scored 84,895 points for its performance in sports at the inter-university, national and international sports events.

The AIU had invited universities to submit their performance details and credentials of players and teams participating in different sports disciplines, and accorded marks under different categories. The final decision over the award will be taken after the claims are reviewed by a selection and scrutiny committee constituted by the Union sports ministry. Moreover, the AIU has also sought objections, if any, till July 31 before final calculations.

The university’s sports director Gurdeep Kaur Randhawa said the university managed to score 89,635 points due to the collective effort of players, coaches and authorities.

“The players, coaches and support staff worked round-the-clock to give top rating performances in vital competitions,” she said.

It was five years ago that the university ended the winning streak of Guru Nanak Dev University that has won the trophy 22 times. Every year, the President gives away the trophy at Rashtrapati Bhavan on the occasion of National Sports Day on August 29. The winners will receive a replica of the trophy and a cash prize of ₹10 lakh, while first and second runners-up would be awarded ₹5 lakh and ₹3 lakh, respectively.

First Published: Jul 22, 2017 15:54 IST