STATE TIMES NEWS UDHAMPUR: District Poonch won under-14 and under-17 titles in the divisional level Inter-District Volleyball Tournament for boys 2019-20 in all age groups organised by the Department of Youth Services and Sports which concluded at Government Degree College Udhampur on Thursday. Around 215 boys from different districts of Jammu Division participated in the tournament. SSP Mohan Lal ADO Outdoor, Sher-e-Kashmir Police Academy Udhampur was the Chief Guest while Principal of the College Dr. Nutan Kumar Resutra, District Youth Services and Sports Officer, Swarn Singh were the Guests of Honour and Saqlain Tariq, an international volleyball player from Poonch who was the captain of Indian Youth Team, was the Special Guest of Honour on the occasion. Speaking on the occasion, the Chief Guest advised the participants to play with true sportsmanship and give their best performance. He stressed upon them to channelise their energy in a positive way by taking part in such type of sports activities. He also motivated the players not to use polythene in their homes and to take proper balanced diet under the banner of ‘Swachh Bharat Abhiyan’ campaign. Department of Youth Services and Sports Udhampur also felicitated Saqlain Tariq on the occasion. Saqlain Tariq interacted with the participants and asked them to play sports and avoid the bad things especially drugs. In under-14 years boys category, District Poonch defeated District Udhampur by 2-0 sets. In under-17 years boys category, District Poonch outplayed District Reasi by 2-0 sets. Similarly, in under-19 year’s boys category, District Kathua clinched the final match by defeating District Samba by 3-0 sets. Later, the Chief Guest distributed trophies and certificates among the winners and runners-up teams. All the matches were officiated by Kuldeep Kumar, Amit Sharma, Nisha Sharma. Meenu, Naveen Sharma, Romesh Sharma, Pushp Kumar, Surinder Kumar, Manik Nargotra, Deepak and Jyotika. Among others present were Santosh Kumari ZPEO Udhampur, Poonam Sharma ZPEO Jib, Ajay Sharma, Anupama Sharma, Deepika Manhas, Raman Gupta, Pritam Singh, Parshotam Kumar, Rajesh Sharma, Rakesh Khajuria, Karun Magotra, Jaswinder Singh, Sanjay Gupta and Jatin Sethi.
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