Sikh Gurus promoted sports activities: Dr Gill

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Nanded , Nov 1 (UNI) Union Minister for Sports Manohar Singh Gill today said sports occupies an important place in the Sikh culture and tradition and the Gurus had always promoted sports activities.

''That is the reason the Punjabis and particularly the Sikhs have glorious achievements in the field of sports'', he said after the prize distribution ceremony at the conclusion of two-day Guru Gobind Singh Khalsa Sports Festival organised by the SGPC on the occasion of the Guruta Gaddi Divas celebrations.

Dr Gill reminded the sacred edict of the Sikh Gurus that one should not only be spiritually strong but physically fit and mentally alert also and the sports are an important medium to achieve this.

The star attraction of the today's events was the 'Gatka', the Sikh martial art besides the wrestling bouts and the kabaddi matches. Punjabi folk dances marked the conclusion of the event in which Pakistan too participated.

Players of international eminence, including Ajitpal Singh (Hockey), Pargat Singh (Hockey) and Kartar Singh (Wrestling) were honoured with a cash prize of Rs 51,000 each besides a citation and a memento for bringing laurels to the Sikh community at global level.

The results of todays events: Punjab Style Kabbaddi (Men): Punjab winner, Haryana Runner Up Punjab Style Kabbaddi (Women): Haryana Winner, Punjab Runner Up National Style Kabbaddi (Men): Maharashtra Winner, Punjab Runner Up National Style Kabbaddi (Women) Punjab Winner, Maharashtra Runner Up Wrestling: Vishav Khalsa Kesri Khitab amounting to Rs three Lakh won by Palwinder Cheema defeating Rajiv Tomer.

120 kg: Rajiv Tomer UP (First), Palwinder Cheema Punjab (Second), Satinder Chandigarh (Third) 84 kg: Rambir Singh (First), Naresh Delhi (Second), Muhammad Shuab Pakistan (Third) 74 kg: Ramesh Kumar RSPB (First), Gurdial Singh SSCB (Second), Rajinder Bhatti UP (Third) 66 kg: Amit Kumar Haryana (First), Ajay Tomar UP (Second), Sudhir Rana Third 60 kg Yogeshwar Dutt Haryana (First), Kirpa Shankar (Second), Mohsin Pakistan (Third) 55 kg Vinod Kumar Haryana (First), Anil Tomer (Second), Sombir (Third) UNI HS RJ AS2106

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