Excelsior Sports Correspondent
JAMMU, Dec 30: The SPMR College of Commerce, Jammu today lifted the final trophy of the prestigious State level Football Tournament ‘Khelo Sehat Ke Liye’, Play for Health, which was played between Government Degree College Sopore and SPMR College of Commerce here at the GGM Science College Football Ground, here today.
With this, the prestigious 4-month long football tournament organized by the State Health & Medical Education Department in collaboration with the J&K Sports Council & J&K Football Association has come to an end.
The SPMR College defeated the rival Government Degree College Sopore team by a solitary goal (1-0).
Minister for Health & Medical Education, Bali Bhagat, who was chief guest on the occasion also participated in the game as player, gave away trophies and cash prizes of Rs 50,000 to the winners and Rs. 25,000 to the runners-up.
MLA, Rajesh Gupta was also present on the occasion as the guest of honour.
Speaking on the occasion, the Minister said that the sports play a vital role in the harmonious development of the youth and the Government has given priority to this sector and has taken various steps for the promotion of Sports activities in the State.
Bali said that the initiative was aimed at providing opportunity to the budding players to showcase their talent which will help them to make their way at the national and inter-national level.
He said the football is the popular sports in the State, especially in the Kashmir Valley and hoped that more and more youth will participate in the sports activities in the coming times. He said that Government was making all out efforts to develop sports stadia in every nook and corner of the State to facilitate the sports persons.
He conveyed his special thanks to the J&K Sports Council and J&K Football Association and State Level Nodal Officer of the tournament, Dr Mushtaq Ahmed Rather for their relentless efforts to make this tournament a great success.
On the occasion, the Minister also announced the prestigious Pt. Prem Nath Dogra Football Gold Cup Tournament which will be played at the same venue from January 20 to January 31, 2018.
Rajesh Gupta highlighted the importance of the sports in the day-to-day life of people and said that everyone must take part in some sports to keep mentally as well as physically fit in life.
Mr Rather, who was Nodal Officer of the tournament also spoke on the occasion.
44 matches were played in almost all districts of the State, wherein degree colleges of these districts have participated and showed great enthusiasm.
Prominent among those present on the occasion were Principal, GMC, Jammu, Secretary Technical (H&ME), Director Family Welfare, J&K, Mission Director, NHM, MD, JKMSCL, State President, Football Association, ZA Thakur, large number of doctors, para-medics, college/school students and other sports lovers.