Sports Reporter JAMMU: Hosts Jammu and Kashmir made a poor start with Junior boys and girls teams lost their respective matches in round one of the team event on the opening day of the 81st UTT Junior and Youth Nationals Championship at the Indoor Hall of the MA Stadium here, on Monday. The Championship was declared open by the Chief Guest, Farooq Khan, Advisor to the Lt Governor in the presence of Secretary Youth Services and Sports, Sarmad Hafeez, Director General, Youth Services & Sports, Dr Saleem-ur-Rehman, Secretary JK Sports Council, Dr Naseem Choudhary and other dignitaries. Earlier, Farooq Khan also inaugurated New Indoor Sports Complex at MA Stadium which has been completed with the estimated cost of Rs 8.10 crore, against which Rs 560 lakh has been utilised under NISDFF and Rs 2.50 crore has been sanctioned under JKIDFC. Various games like tennis, judo, gymnastics, weightlifting, yoga, badminton, carom, chess fencing, Wushu, etc to be played in newly constructed sports complex. The Junior Boys and Junior Girls, pitted in the last Group of H, lost their first round outings. Taking on Assam in their opening rubber, Maanay Mansotra lost to Arka Kumar Gogoi 4-11, 8-11, 11-9, 5-11. Though Maanay put up some resistance, it was not good enough to fetch them any result. Akhilesh Khajuria, too, failed to retrieve the situation as Agniv Bhaskar Gohain of Assam downed him 11-6, 11-8, 11-3. Soon after, Zubayar and Vivek S defeated Hamumat Sharma and Saksham Verma 12-10, 12-10, 11-5 in the doubles to complete the rout. However, the J&K doubles pair managed to extend the Assam duo. As for hosts’ girls, Bengal A proved too hot for them to handle as Munmun Kundu defeated Suhani Singh 11-5, 11-3, 11-5 and this was followed by Poymantee Baisya posting 11-4, 11-2, 11-3 win over Vidushi Gupta and, finally, Mouli Modak and Anushka Basak accounted for J&K’s doubles pair of Suhani and Vidhshi 11-3, 11-4, 11-2. With teams just having done with the first round in both the Junior Boys and Junior Girls sections, all group leaders kept their billing intact as they registered easy wins over their rivals on the opening day. With two teams from each of the eight groups in both categories slated to qualify, the top teams are expected to move into the second stage, which is the knockout. But most other teams are bound to move with full concentration to grab the second spot in respective groups, thus making the second round matches more nervy and intense. The Results (Team Events): Junior Boys (Round 1): Group A: Delhi bt Chhattisgarh 3-0; Group B: Gujarat bt Kerala 3-0, Maharashtra B bt Andaman & Nicobar 3-0; Group C: Mizoram bt Andhra Pradesh 3-0, Tamil Nadu bt Bihar 3-0; Group D: Maharashtra A bt Pondicherry 3-0, Bengal A bt Jharkhand 3-0; Group E: Karnataka bt Himachal Pradesh 3-0, Haryana bt Madhya Pradesh 3-0; Group F: Telangana bt Rajasthan 3-0, Uttar Pradesh bt Meghalaya 3-0; Group G: Bengal B bt Odisha 3-0, Goa bt Chandigarh 3-1; Group H: PSPBA bt Uttarakhand 3-0, Assam bt Jammu and Kashmir 3-0. Junior Girls (Round 1): Group A: Maharashtra A bt Goa 3-0; Group B: Uttar Pradesh bt Kerala 3-0; Group C: Karnataka bt Uttarakhand 3-1; Group D: Delhi bt Chandigarh 3-0; Group E: Haryana bt Himachal Pradesh 3-0, Maharashtra B bt Bihar 3-0; Group F: Tamil Nadu bt Pondicherry 3-0, Bengal B bt Meghalaya 3-0; Group G: Telangana bt Chhattisgarh 3-1, Rajasthan bt Jharkhand 3-1; Group H: Assam bt Punjab 3-0, Bengal A bt Jammu and Kashmir 3-0.
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