Punjab State Games kick-off to colourful start at Patiala
Patiala – The three-day Punjab State Games commenced to a colourful start on Thursday in Patiala. The tournament was flagged off by Additional Principal Secretary to Chief Minister and Punjab Director Sports Amrit Kaur Gill, who took the salute from as many as 2,100 participants participating in the Games in colourful tracksuits. The inauguration function was performed at Raja Bhalindra Singh Stadium, Polo Ground, here on Thursday. Punjab’s first woman Director Sports and Asian Medalist in Cycling inspired the participants by her own experience and assured that Sports Department will cultivate sports-persons and give all the support to encourage sports in the state. The former Indian captain also advised participants to keep themselves fit physically as well as mentally for the competitions. Earlier, Punjab Deputy Director Sports Surjit Singh Sandhu welcomed the Chief Guest and other guests present on the occasion. The other dignitaries present on the occasion were Kartar Singh Sehamby, Assistant Director Sports, Punjab, Pawan Kapoor, DCFA, Sports Department, Punjab.Navjot Singh national medalist in Basketball was the flag-bearer to lead the march past. The torch-bearing ceremony was performed by Saurabh Kumar of Gymnastics, Amritpreet Singh of Boxing, Mandeep Kaur also of Boxing, Purnoor Kaushal of Gymnastics and Riaal Puri of Boxing. International Boxer Amritpreet Singh took the oath on behalf of all the participants. A Gymnastics Show and cultural programme were also presented by Navodiya Public School, Patiala on the occasion.
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