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Surjit Hockey tournament kicks off with a great Pomp and Show dedicated to 550th Parkash Purb

S.K.Vyas | October 12, 2019 11:38 AM

JALANDHAR: One of the biggest sporting extravaganza in the region, the 36th Indian Oil Surjit Hockey Tournament today started with great pomp and show as Education and PWD Minister  Vijay Inder Singla inaugurated this mega event here at Surjit Hockey Stadium, Burlton park.

The minister accompanied by MLA Jalandhar Cantonment  Pargat Singh, MLA Mr Rajinder Beri, said that the state government was committed for making Punjab a front ranking state in the arena of sports.

The Minister said that Captain Amarinder Singh's government has already set the wheels off the state in motion to create a sports environment in the state. He said that the number of NGOs and private entrepreneurs have been roped in to boost sports and sportsmen in the state.

Mr. Singla said that Chief Minister, Captain Amarinder Singh was undertaking specialized efforts to uplift the level of sports in the state for which Punjab has come out with a comprehensive sports policy.

The Minister said that New Sports Policy focuses on securing a livelihood for the players, who bring laurels for the state and country in the field of sports, besides ensuring their holistic development.

The Minister also said that his department is going to form a  comprehencive policy for motivating sports and creating infrastructure for the students of Government schools in Punjab.

Complementing the organizers for holding the tournament, the Minister said that they have upheld the legacy of great olympian  Surjit Singh alive. He said that the organizers have laid the foundation of a great movement aimed at the revival of the national game.

Singla also lauded the role of organizing a committee for holding this event every year thereby acting as a nursery for producing the legends in the field of Hockey.

He said that along with the society the civil and Police administration of the district also deserves a kudos for organizing this event.

Declaring the event open, The Cabinet Minister hoped that this tournament plays a key role in making Punjab a healthy, progressive and prosperous state. He also thanked the sports lovers for converging at the stadium for witnessing this gala event.

Deputy Commissioner  Varinder Kumar Sharma and Commissioner of Police  Gurpreet Singh Bhullar that stupendous efforts of the Surjit Hockey for holding the tournament, in the memory of former skipper of Indian Hockey team and Olympian late  Surjit Singh Randhawa were really laudable. They expressed hope that this tournament would offer an opportunity to the millions of Hockey lovers to enjoy this gala event.

They also expressed hope that this prestigious tournament would enable the young players to exhibit their unbounded talent so that they could be further groomed for International events.

On the occasion Additional Deputy Commissioner Jasbir Singh, ADC Ludhiana Iqbal Singh Sandhu,  DCP Amrik Singh Powar, DCP  Arun Saini, ADCP  D Sudarvizhi, SDM  Jai Inder Singh, Olympian Mr Davinder Singh Garcha, Capt Inderjeet Singh Dhami, Chief PRO Surjit Hockey Surinder Singh Bhapa, Arun Shrivastava,  RS Nangal, Vijay Kumar, SK Gupta from Indian Oil and others were also present. 

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