320 teams, 319 matches, 4800 players participated in the championship
Srinagar, May 20: In a major event today held at DPS athwajan, organised by Jammu and Kashmir State Sports Council in collaboration with Delhi Public School, New Greenland Senior Secondary School Bandipora lifted the U-17 Junior Cricket Championship.
First of its kind, the championship catered 320 teams hailing from every nook and corner of the Valley, consisting of 4800 players and 319 matches were conducted.
“The aim of this tournament was to pool the talent in the U-17 age group, so that the identified talented players can be groomed under the watchful eyes of prominent coaches,” said officials of the Jammu and Kashmir State Sports Council.
While speaking on the occasion, Minister for Youth Services and Sports Molvi Imran Reza Ansari said, “this is just a beginning; efforts are being made at every level to inculcate the sports culture among the youth, so that their energies are channelized in the positive direction which goes a long way in building a great nation.”
He further added, “Looking at the potential of the players that we have, I am hopeful that in the years to come players from Jammu and Kashmir will leave their imprint all across the globe.
Secretary sports council, Waheed Ur Rehman Parra said, “We are going to expand the sports facilities and reach out to every nook and corner of the state, so that players for a divide of modern day sports facilities can avail those once put in place.”
Later on, Minister for Youth Services and Sports Molvi Imran Reza Ansari handed over the trophy and cash prizes to the winning team and the runner up team. A cash prize of 1 lakh rupees was given to the winning team and 50,000 to the runner up team.
On the occasion, Commissioner Secretary Youth Service and Sports, Mr Hilal Parray, MLA Wachi Aijaz Mir, MLA Karnah, Member Sports Council Bari Andrabi, Chairman DPS Vijay Dhar, Coordinator Ehsan Quddusi and other officials of the Sports Council and DPS were present.