Zulfkar inaugurates North India Powerlifting Championship

*Calls upon youth to shun drugs and play sports

Excelsior Sports Correspondent
JAMMU, Mar 20: Making a call to youth to discourage drugs by participating in sports and encouraging sportspersons, former Minister and MLA Darhal Chowdhary Zulfkar Ali today kicked off North India Powerlifting Championship– 2016 in presence of Arjuna and International Hall of Fame Awardee, Subrata Dutta, here today.
A total of 305 players from North Indian States have already reached Jammu to participate in this Championship.
Organised by Indian Powerlifting Federation, the Championship was scheduled to be held in Karnal Haryana, however due to unfavourable situation in Haryana, the venue was shifted to Jammu where it was inaugurated today by former Minister Chowdhary Zulfkar Ali in presence of dignitaries and sportspersons of North India.
The Championship is being organized at RKS Gym Jammu in association with J&K Sports Powerlifting Association. The participating States include J&K, Delhi, Haryana, Utrakhand, Punjab, Uttar Pradesh and Himachal Pradesh.
Speaking in the inaugural function, Ch Zulfkar  made a strong appeal to youth of the nation to come forward with a force to fight against drug addiction. He said that drug abuse is fast increasing among youth and it is turning fatal for them. He said that the only way out to deal the situation is to engage youth in sports and allied  activities.
Lauding the role of Subrata Dutta in sports, Zulfkar said that Dutta is highly revered in the world of sports as a great hero of “Iron game”.
Earlier Zulfkar was received and garlanded by the members of Indian Powerlifting Federation.
Prominent among others present on the occasion were Rakesh Jain from J&K Sports Powerlifting Association along with Rajan Jain, general secretary of Association, besides Jeevan Batta,   Sidharth Sharma and Riaz Ahmed.


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