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AMMU: District Jammu was declared champion of the 32nd J&K UT Junior Volleyball Championship organised by Volleyball Association of J&K (VAJK) in coordination with J&K Sports Council at MA Stadium, here on Saturday.In boys final match played on Saturday, District Jammu defeated Kathua District by 3-0 (25-22, 23-15, 25-21) while District Jammu outplayed Samba by 3-0 (25-16, 25-10, 26-24) in the girls final.In the closing ceremony, Alok Kumar, Principal Secretary, Youth Services and Sports, J&K UT was the Chief Guest who appreciated the efforts of Volleyball Association of J&K and J&K Sports Council for organizing magnificent three-day championship in which over 300 players/officials took part and inspired younger generation towards sports activities.The Chief Guest distributed trophies, mementos, certificates and gifts among the winner and runner up teams and officials on the occasion.A cash prize of Rs 5000 was given to Champa Devi, outstanding volleyball player of Jammu District girls team by Mulkh Raj Sharma, Secretary Trikuta Volleyball Club Jammu. Apart from this, President Jammu District Volleyball Association, Manmeet Singh awarded cash prize of Rs 5000 each to winner teams of the championship.Speaking on the occasion, Chief Guest lauded the efforts of Volleyball Association of J&K and its affiliated District Volleyball units of J&K UT for hosting this event Involving thereof over 300 players and officials from all across the UT.He also assured that the government would supplement the efforts of Volleyball Association of J&K in making volleyball game popular in every nook and corner of the UT besides improving infrastructural facilities on the ground level.Secretary J&K Sports Council, Nuzhut Gul, who was the Guest of Honour, also reiterated that JKSC, keeping in view track record of the Volleyball Association of J&K, would shoulder responsibilities for upgradation of volleyball in consultation with professionals of the Association.Among dignitaries, Ashok Sharma DD SAI, Ashok Singh DSO (J), Satish Gupta Manager MA Stadium and a large number of office bearers of various sports Associations graced the function.
Sidharth Daluja President, Kuldeep Magotra CEO, HS Gill Executive Vice President, Raj Guru, Abdul Ahad Shah, Madan Lal Toofan (all Vice Presidents), R C Sharma Treasurer, Mohd Tariq executive members of Volleyball Association of J&K also attended the function.Earlier, while welcoming the Chief Guest, V.K Magotra, General Secretary VAJK apprised the details of three-day Championship which started on March 18 in which players from J&K UT participated and displayed their skills by playing 45 matches in total at an average of 15 matches per day. Magotra also urged upon the dignitaries to raise the standard of volleyball game by providing indoor stadium including flood-lit volleyball courts in J&K UT so that volleyball players could excel at national and international levels. President Anantnag District Volleyball Association Abdul Salam Rishi honoured the Chief Guest and President Volleyball Association of J&K by presenting shawls besides honouring international volleyball player Saqlain.President Volleyball Association of J&K honoured the Chief Guest and Guest of Honour by presenting mementos.Earlier, in the boys semifinals Jammu beat Rajouri by 3-0 sets and Kathua beat Samba by 3-2 sets.The matches were officiated by the technical panel of VFI qualified J&K referees.
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