Rakesh Kumar of Dudu zone claims wrestling gold

District Level Inter-Zonal Tournaments

Excelsior Sports Correspondent
UDHAMPUR, May 18: Toppling Basharat Ghulam of Jib zone in a tough final bout, Rakesh Kumar of Dudu zone claimed gold in 50 kg weight category of under-14 years boys wrestling event in the District Level Inter-Zonal Tournaments in the disciplines of kabaddi, kho-kho, volleyball and wrestling for boys under-14 years, which got underway, here today.
Mohd Saleem of Tikri zone won gold in 40 kg category, defeating Rashpal of Dudu zone in the final bout, while 30 kg weight category went to Raghu Kumar of Udhampur zone, who outclassed Amandeep of Jib zone in the final.
Meanwhile, in kho-kho final, Udhampur trounced Jib by 3 points to win the title, while in kabaddi Tikri zone claimed the trophy by defeating Pancheri by 14 points in an easy contest. The volleyball title also went to Tikri zone, which trounced Udhampur by two sets to nil (2-0).
In other matches, Jib defeated Tikri by one inning and one point in kho-kho, while Tikri got better of Udhampur and Pancheri drubbed Majalta by 13 points in kabaddi.
About 200 boys drawn from various zones of Udhampur participated in the event and displayed their skill.
Balwant Singh Mankotia, Member Legislative Assembly (MLA) Udhampur was the chief guest who while speaking stressed upon the students to play with sportsman spirit. He said that sports and games were imperative in making the youth physically as well as mentally fit. The tournament is being organized by the Department of Youth Services and Sports, under the overall supervision of Sukhdev Singh, District Youth Services and Sports Officer, Udhampur.
Prominent among others present on the occasion were Zonal Physical Education Officers Bhushan Sethi, Champa Devi, Balwant Singh, Mohinder Singh and Ram Lal Badyal.
The matches were officiated by Naveen Sharma, Rakesh Modi, Raj Kumar, Raman Kumar, Deewan Chand, Shashi Sharma, Des Raj, Raj Kumar, Vandhana Sharma, Ajay Sharma, Shashi Bala, Ved Sharma, Sanjeev Kumar and Sanjeev Verma.

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