Off pitch: National Sports Day celebrations take virtual leap

Off pitch: National Sports Day celebrations take virtual leap

The Principal and staff of Lyallpur Khalsa College pay homage to Major Dhyan Chand during National Sports Day in Jalandhar on Saturday. Tribune photo

Tribune News Service

Jalandhar, August 29

Owing to the prevailing pandemic conditions, all activities related to the National Sports Day in the city were held in an online mode on Saturday.

Special Olympics Bharat

The Special Olympics Bharat, a body of the Sports Authority of India, organised an event to mark the National Sports Day today via Zoom platform. The para-athletes from Punjab, Chandigarh, Himachal Pradesh, Uttrakhand, New Delhi, West Bengal, Meghalaya and Tripura participated in the event which was hosted from Jalandhar by Rekha Kashyap, the Punjab coordinator for Special Olympics Bharat.

Kashyap said, “During the Covid days, when all para athletes are confined at home, it became important to keep them upbeat and hence she had already started a series of online programmes for them for which a special show was organised today on the occasion of the National Sports Day.

Besides discussing sports, ways and means of practice at home and diet, we even chose to entertain them today. Punjab-based singer Kiranjeet Kaur of Indian Idol fame joined our programme entertaining them with her music.” She added that the next show will be on the Teachers’ Day after which the Season 1 of Zoom telecast would end and would recommence from October 2.

Lyallpur Khalsa College

National Sports Day dedicated to the memory of legendary Hockey player Major Dhyan Chand was celebrated today in Lyallpur Khalsa College, Jalandhar wherein the principal Dr Gurpinder Singh Samra paid homage to the master player. Elaborating the achievements of Major Dhyan Chand, Dr Samra lauded the college players for keeping up sporting spirit by continuing their practice in every possible way in the hard times of covid-19. He urged the students to take care of their health by following the government guidelines and advisories in context of Covid-19.

The Head of the Sports Department of the College Dr Tarsem Singh and College Dean Sports Dr SS Bains gave the information that the college provided a number of facilities to its players students in addition to appropriate concessions, and as the admission was going on, students could take benefit of these facilities. The occasion was witnessed by the presence of the staff of the Sports Department.

HMV College

The Sports Department of Hans Raj Mahila Maha Vidyalaya celebrated National Sports Day through online platform. The chief guest of the occasion was Dr. Kanwar Mandeep Singh (Jimmy), Assistant Director (Sports) Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar. Moderator Dr. Anjana Bhatia and Coordinator and HOD Sports Department Sukhwinder Kaur welcomed him.

A video of sports women of the college was played in which all the games being played in HMV were depicted. Dr Kanwar Mandeep Singh motivated the players and said that every person should play one game or the other in order to remain fit and healthy. He said that during this pandemic time, playing games is more important.

KMV College

Kanya Maha Vidyalaya organised a national webinar to commemorate the National Sports Day. The webinar was organised by the Department of Physical Education of KMV. More than 500 participants participated in this webinar with full zeal and enthusiasm. In her welcome address, Principal Prof Dr Atima Sharma Dwivedi congratulated the whole nation for the National Sports Day. She averred that sports is not related to the sportspersons only, but it should be the part of life of every citizen.

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