STATE TIMES NEWS POUNI: Malerkotla wrestler Rehmat Ali lifted historic Pouni Dangal title by overpowering wrestler Shamsher of Akhara Dina Nagar in a tough bout that lasts for 30 minutes in the traditional mud Akhara at Pouni in District Reasi, here on Sunday. Winner wrestler Rehmat Ali got a cash prize of Rs 12,000 while runner up wrestler Shamsher received Rs 9,000 from the Dangal Committee and Rakesh Khajuria (Raju Pehalwan) National Medalist, Treasurer Jammu Kashmir Wrestling Association who was the Chief Guest on the occasion. Inspector Bukhari SHO Pouni was the Guest of Honour and R.K Maini (Retd) Dy Director Department of Education and renowned wrestler and Senior Vice President Jammu Kashmir Wrestling Association was the Special Guest who encouraged and complimented the organisers for keeping the cultural heritage of Dangals alive which have a positive impact on the psychology of spectators especially youth whose surplus energies can be streamlined through this most ancient sport of wrestling since vedic times. While hailing the recent initiative of Khelo India by sports Authority of India, R.K Maini called upon the younger generation to adopt sportsmanship in their career in various disciplines and get benefitted by the various schemes of Sports Department so that more laurels can be brought for the State and country as a whole. Second main bout was won by Teg Ali of MallerKotla who defeated wrestler Krishan of Delhi. Teg Ali got Rs 9,000 while runner up Krishan of Delhi got Rs 6,000 as cash prize. In all, 50 bouts were played in a day-long event among the wrestlers hailing from Punjab, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh, Delhi, Army and Jammu and Kashmir Police. Earlier welcome address was presented by Ajeet Kesar Sarpanch while vote of thanks was presented by Capt Ram Lal. The event was organised under the overall technical supervision of Rakesh Khajuria. The members of the Dangal Committee and Technical Officials who provided their cooperation and coordination in the smooth conduct of the event included Babu Ram, Viney Kumar, Ashok Solan, Mohinder Singh, Parkash Singh, Ranjeet Singh, Ajert Kesar, Capt Ram Lal, Manoj Kumar, Vikas Gandotra, Nand Gandotra, Parladh Singh, Capt Sher Singh, Mustafa Gulam, Nazir Ahmed and Sanjeev Kumar Sharma.
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