: DIGANTA TALUKDAR, NAGAON
The four days district level Inter School Tournament 2010 under Panchayat Krida Aur Khel Abhiyan (PYKKA) ,organized by Nehru Yuva Kendra(NYK) Nagaon in collaboration with district administration, Dist. Sports Office & Nowgong Sports Association was inaugurated today at Nurul Amin Stadium in Nagaon. The tournament inaugurated by the Additional deputy commissioner of Nagaon A.K.Chetia. The other distinguished guests who attended the inaugural function were Pradip Hazarika; the secretary of Nowgong Sports Association, Dandi Nath; District Sports Officer, Mehbul Alam Laskar; Dist. Youth Coordinator (NYK Nagaon), senior journalist Rajen Barkakati etc. A total of 250 school children — boys and girls, below the age group of 16 years from different schools of the district — participated in events like athletics, archery, badminton, wrestling, table tennis basket ball, Football, volleyball and hockey.
ADC of Nagaon, A K Chetia on his inaugural speech told the players about the value of sports and briefly described about PYKKA. He told “Sport is also an integral component of education and human personality development.” Moreover he urged the players to maintain discipline while participating in their respective event.
It is to mention that around 770 million populations in our country are children, adolescents and youth, hardly, 50 million of them have access to organized sports facilities that too concentrated in urban areas. Around 75% populations, living largely in rural areas, are deprived of rudimentary sports facilities. As to promote sports among the rural children & youths, the Government introduced a nation-wide rural sports programme called ‘Panchayat Yuva Krida Aur Khel Abhiyan’ (PYKKA) in the year 2008-09.
While talking to the organizing committee, Dhananjay Talukdar of NYK infomed that some of the events like hockey, volleyball, football, athletics & archery would be held at Barhampur and Kathiatoli respectively. The selected participants would be sent for State level tournament, he added.