ANANTNAG, SEPTEMBER 4: The cricket team of Degree College Kulgam won the finals of South Kashmir inter college T-20 cricket tournament by defeating Degree College Bijbehara team by 4 wickets in a closely contested final match at Degree College Boys stadium here today.
Minister for Horticulture, Hajj and Auqaf, Abdul Rehman Veeri who was the Chief Guest on the occasion, gave away prizes and presented trophies to the winner and the runner-up teams. He also gave away prizes to the individual players for their outstanding performance during the tournament.
Veeri also honoured the football team of Degree College Anantnag by presenting them trophies. The team recently won the final inter college football match held at Kashmir University.
The T-20 Tournament was organised by Degree College Boys, Anantnag. In all 14 teams of Degree Collages of south Kashmir participated in the tournament. The first match of the tournament was played on 19 August 2015 while the semi-final was played on 1 September 2015 and final match was played today between the cricket teams of Degree Colleges of Kulgam and Bijbehara, which was won by the team of Degree college Kulgam by 4 wickets.
Speaking on the occasion, the Minister appreciated the role of GDC Anantnag for providing an opportunity to the local youth in exhibiting their talent in various sports activities.
“There is lot of talent among local youth and that need to be nourished and government is committed to provide them a platform. In order to keep away the youth from indulging in drug menace and other anti-social activities, they need to be provided suitable platform,” said Veeri.
The Minister said the government was keen to expand the sports infrastructure for which ambitious plans have been drafted. He said the Chief Minster Mufti Mohammad Sayeed has expressed keen desire to exhibit sports activities in an organised way. He said the government has accorded priority to sports sector and efforts are being made to promote sports activities especially in rural areas by giving fillip to rural sports.
The Minister appealed all the children to participate in sports along with academics for their overall development. He said sports and games teach youth to struggle which is the ‘mantra’ to succeed in life, adding that the sporting events helps youth not to derail from the mainstream.
Veeri further said that vast development in sports sector has taken place in Anantnag town and adjoining areas, adding that more thrust would be given to upgrade the sports infrastructure in the area.
Asking the youth to take active part in extracurricular activities, the Minister said the Government is making all out efforts in this direction so that youth of the State get maximum exposure and they have the all-round development of body and soul. He said more and more such events would be held in future in all disciplines and asked youth to take active interest in them.