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VIJAYPUR: Raya Women Volleyball team on Sunday defeated Samba while in men’s segment Gho Brahamna  won the match by defeating Swankha team in the finals of District level Volleyball Men and Women Tournament played at Gho Brahmana in Ramgarh.  Former minister and State Secretary Jammu and Kashmir National Conference Mr Surjeet Singh Slathia, who was chief guest at the tournament, presented winners, runners up trophies and other prizes to the teams and players for their outstanding performance in the game.      

Mr Slathia expressed happiness over boys and girls giving their best to the game and said that the closely played finals will serve as inspiration to budding volleyball players of the area. He said the match played in the women segment proved that girls were second to none even in sports. He hoped that more and more youngsters will participate in the sports at various levels to leave their mark in various games.        

“Vijaypur Assembly segment is making its presence felt in the sports arena as the youngsters are showing tremendous interest in various games”, Mr Slathia said and complimented the participating teams in the tournament. The former minister referred to the presence of huge number of sports lovers and said this depicts societal involvement in the sports. He said such events will script a new saga of bonhomie and camaraderie among youth cutting all the barriers. “That is what the players showcased in today’s events”, he said.        

Mr Slathia also congratulated the organizers for holding such an event, saying this will go a long way in further promoting sports in the area.  President District Volleyball Association Samba, Ramesh Sharma introduced the players with the Chief Guest and gave details about the event and the participating teams. He was joined the Secretary Mr Balbinder Singh Jamwal and Joint Secretary Mr Rakesh Kumar, who hailed the response of the youth of the district in the tournament. Prominent among those who watched the matches included Ex Sarpanches Mr Rampal Sharma, Mr Kamal Sangral, Mr Isher Singh and Mr Raman Singh Slathia.

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SRINAGAR: Governor Satya Pal Malik felicitated Wushu Player Sh. Surya Bhanu Pratap for winning  the  Bronze Medal in the Asian Games 2018 and his Coach Sh. Kuldeep Handoo at the Raj Bhavan here today. Lauding  the achievement of Sh. Bhanu Pratap, Governor observed that he is an inspiration for the youth of the State and wished him high success in all his future endeavours.

 

Governor presented cheques of Rs. 10 lakh and of Rs. 2 lakh to Sh. Bhanu Pratap and Sh. Kuldepp Handoo respectively for bringing laurels to the State in the Asian Games. Sh. B.B. Vyas and Sh. Vijay Kumar- Advisors to Governor; Sh. BVR Subrahmanyam, Chief Secretary; Sh. Dilbagh Singh, DGP; Sh. Umang Narula, Principal Secretary to Governor were present on the occasion. 

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  • They can be our brand ambassadors in their countries: Dir Tourism

SRINAGAR: The Department of Tourism Kashmir Wednesday organized a familiarization (FAM) tour for over 200 international players from different countries who participated in the 4thAsian Pencak Silat Championship held in Srinagar. Around 250 players and officials from 10 countries including Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia, Vietnam, Republic of Korea, Chinese Taipei, Bangladesh, Nepal, Philippines and India participated in the event, which concluded today here at Indoor Sports Complex.

The department of tourism took the players to the tour of Dal Lake, Mughal Gardens and also organized a motorboat cruise drive in river Jhelum from Zero Bridge to Safa Kadal in Srinagar. Tasaduq Jeelani said these international players who visited many tourist locations in Srinagar can be J&K’s future brand ambassadors, as they will share memorable moments spent in Kashmir with their family and friends, which in turn would more attract tourists from their countries to the State. He said that such initiatives go on increasing word of mouth publicity of Kashmir. He said that the Tourism Department wants to tap the potential of the South Asian market and taking these players on FAM tour was the best opportunity to showcase them our landscape.