Thursday, August 28, 2003, Chandigarh, India


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National Sports Day may go unnoticed again
Arvind Katyal

Chandigarh, August 27
A few years back the Government of India has announced that August 29, the birth anniversary of hockey wizard Maj Dhyan Chand, will be celebrated as National Sports Day.

Though a few of the states have started celebrating this day by organising hockey matches and other activities, still the spirit is lacking.

This year, the Government of India will hold a sports function on August 29 in New Delhi, where Arjuna awards will be given.

In the past few years, in this region, it was Haryana which had been observing this day regularly. Last week the President of the Haryana Olympic Association, Mr Abhay Singh Chautala, has announced to organise hockey matches.

But in Punjab, Himachal Pradesh and Chandigarh, no formal announcement in this regard has been made. Even though events like ‘run for fun’ are organised in various cities on different occasions, no such event is organised on this day.

A state-level hockey player said: “It is the moral duty of every sportsperson and sports organisation to host events on this day.”

Judo meet concludes
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, August 27
The UT Inter-School Judo Tournament of under-19 boys organised by the UT Chandigarh Education Department concluded today at Sector 42 Sports Complex. The results are as follows. In the 40 kg category: Madan Lal — first, Ankush Sharma — second, Deepak Tiwari and Sanjeev — third; 45 kg category: Vivek Thakur — first, Sanjeev — second, Jagdish Kumar and Amit Kalia — third; 50 kg category: Bhagwan Singh — first, Sanjay Yadav — second, Dina Nath and Rakesh Kumar — third; 55 kg category: Ganesh Chaudhary — first, Sukhdev Singh — second, Narinder and Harish — third.

In the 60 kg category: Sandeep Kumar — first, Kanwar — second, Gurdeep and Sachin Thakur — third; 65 kg category: Naresh Kumar — first, Meharban — second, Dalip Sohal and Vishal Sood — third; Under 71kg category: Harinder Brar — first, Rahul — second, Raj Kumar and Devesh — third and in the above 71 kg category: Gurminder — first, Siddharth — second, Gulsher Singh and Abhishek Sharma — third.

Roller hockey

In the sub junior under-14 inter-school boys roller hockey championship, St Stephen beat Guru Harkrishan Model School by 11-0.

Maximum of eight goals were scored by Varinder Pal and other three by Gaurav Lakhda. 

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