STATE TIMES NEWS
KATHUA: Senior Advocate Mohinder Bhardwaj has exhorted the youth to increasingly take part in adventure and sports activities which will give multi-pronged benefits to them.
Apart from ensuring physical fitness and a sound mind such activities will also prevent the younger generation from falling in the trap of the drug menace.
Speaking at the prize distribution function on the conclusion of the Fourth New Year Football Tournament organised by the Kootah Royals Football Club here, Bhardwaj, who was the Chief Guest, said football is the most popular game of the world which apart from being a sport also has the potential to provide employment.
As the game is gradually picking up in India also, it is opening new avenues of employment for younger players apart from becoming professional players.
Giving away prizes to the winner and the runner up teams after an exciting final match, he congratulated the organisers of the tournament for the event which he felt has the potential to popularise football in these rural areas of Kathua and the same time inculcate a spirit of sportsmanship among the youth in their day to day activities also.
The final was played between Hiranagar FC and Sangwali FC and was won by the former by 2-0. In all 20 teams took part in the three-day tournament.
Bhardwaj assured the people that he would assist them in their endeavours to popularise sports activities in Kootah and adjoining villages and towns.
Rajinder Kumar Bhardwaj (Retd. DySP), Ajay Sharma (Ex-Secretary DFA Kathua) and Satish Sharma (Ex-Chief Coach, Football National Sports Authority of India) were the Guests of Honour on the occasion.
Earlier, Chairman of the Kootah Football Club, Rajeev Thapa, its president Digbal Singh, Vice-President-cum-Cashier, Abhinav Nagar, Secretary, Rohit Sharma, Manager, Gaurav Singh and Gulshan Sangra welcomed Bhardwaj on his arrival.