J&K lifts Raizada Parhlad Bali Handball Gold Cup

Excelsior Sports Correspondent

Jubilant Jammu and Kashmir handball team posing alongwith chief guest, Rigzin Jora and other dignitaries in Jammu on Saturday. -Excelsior/Rakesh

JAMMU, Nov 23: Defeating formidable Delhi in a close contest by a margin of one goal (29-28) in the summit clash, Jammu and Kashmir lifted the title trophy in 1st All India Raizada Parhlad Bali Handball Gold Cup at Mini Stadium, Parade, today.
13 teams from across the country participated in the tournament to vie for the top honours.
Minister for Urban Development and Urban Local Bodies, Nawang Rigzin Jora was the chief guest on the occasion, who distributed prizes among the winners and runners-up teams on the occasion.
In his address, Mr Jora said that due to endeavours of present Government sports activities are gaining momentum in the State, adding that various Centrally and State sponsored schemes are under implementation for promotion of sports activities in the State.
Earlier, J&K outplayed Delhi in a thrilling contest by one goal to lift the trophy. Harmeet Singh Babu was the star performer for J&K, who scored 11 goals, while Sahil Padha netted 7 goals and Ashish and Taqdeer Singh scored 3 and 2 goals respectively. For Delhi, Tinku scored 8 goals and Mohit managed 6. Nitin Sharma of J&K displayed extraordinary goalkeeping skills to help his team win in an exciting contest.
The match was officiated by Sanjeev Singh Jamwal, Anoop Singh, Kuldeep Nain, Govind and Narinder Maan.
Earlier students of Government Higher Secondary School Rehari presented a colourful cultural programme.
Prominent among others present on the occasion were Kiran Wattal, Commissioner Jammu Municipal Corporation, SM Bali, president J&K Handball Association and Secretary General Handball Federation of India, Ashok Kumar, Director Sports SMVDSB and vice president School Games Federation of India and Ashwani Raina, besides former National handball coach, GS Sudan, former India Captain Balvinder Singh (Bali), former Indian Captain Ranjeet Singh Chib and Dheeraj Nagpal.
Mr Bali while presenting vote of thanks, extended thanks to DIG SM Sahai, MK Bhandari from SMVDSB, RN Meena, Divisional Trafic Manager, Northern Railways and Kiran Wattal.
Earlier, in the hardliner match, Punjab Police defeated Army Red to claim third place in the championship.

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