Punjab to host Shaheed-e-Azam Bhagat Singh Games

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Chandigarh, Feb 21 (PTI) Sports director and formerIndian hockey captain, Pargat Singh today announcedthat the state would host the first edition of Shaheed-e-AzamBhagat Singh Punjab Games from February 28.

The week-long happenstance which would be held acrossLudhiana, Mohali, Patiala and Jalandhar will witness severalathletes competing in 11 different disciplines for prize amoney of Rs 21 lakh in each event.

"The Games have been divided into three groups. Thefirst group consists of hockey and shooting.

"Hockey event would be conducted at Jalandhar andshooting at Mohali. Boxing, weight lifting, wrestling andvolleyball would be held at Patiala while athletics,basketball, football, kabaddi and tug of war will be conductedat Ludhiana.

"The matches would be played under the floodlights,"Singh said.

The former captain added that the Punjab Government wasmaking concerted efforts to develop sports in the state andone of the motives to hold the Games was to encourage theyouth to join the sports and to wean away them from drugs andsedentary life style.

He also mentioned that the current Indian hockey teamcaptain, Rajpal Singh, and athletes like Mandeep Kaur andManjeet Kaur would represent their respective districts duringthe event.

The director added that the opening ceremony which wouldbe held at Guru Nanak Stadium in Ludhiana will be attended byBollywood star Akshay Kumar while the closing ceremony, to beheld at Burlton Park, Jalandhar, would be graced byson-of-the-soil and yesteryears star Dharmendra and hisfamily.

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