Celebrating Excellence in Sports: National Sports Day in UT Ladakh

The Department of Youth Services and Sports, UT Ladakh, organized the National Sports Day at the Open Astroturf Stadium, Spituk, Leh, on August 29. National Sports Day is celebrated to commemorate the birth anniversary of the hockey legend Major Dhyan Chand and is dedicated to the nation’s sports heroes and champions, recognizing their significant contributions and dedication in bringing glory to the country.

The event witnessed the participation of 15 schools, instilling a sense of competition and sportsmanship in various games such as futsal, Table Tennis, Traditional Archery, Tug of War, Pencak Silat, 4×100-meter mixed relay race, and 200m race for Under-17 boys and girls.

Ravinder Kumar, Secretary of Youth Services and Sports, personally observed the games, underscoring his commitment to promoting sports and youth activities in the region. His inspection of the ongoing Astroturf Stadium construction project demonstrated his dedication to ensuring that infrastructure development progresses as planned. By instructing the relevant department to adhere to the project timeline, the Secretary emphasized the importance of timely execution and efficient project management.

In the U-17 Girls category of Table Tennis, the final match featured Moravian Mission School Leh and Govt High School, Housing Colony. Moravian Mission School emerged victorious, while Govt. High School, Housing Colony, secured the runner-up position.

In the U-17 Boys category, the final match was contested between Boys Higher Secondary School, Leh, and Islamia Public School, Leh, with Boys High Secondary School Leh emerging as the winner and Islamia Public School as the runner-up.

In the U-17 4×100-meter mixed relay race, Govt. High School, Housing Colony, secured the gold medal, Delhi Public School, Leh, won the silver, and Islamia Public School, Leh, received the bronze.

Moravian Public School clinched the gold medal in the U-17 Girls 200-meter race, while Islamia Public School, Leh, secured the silver, and Govt. High School, Khanakling, Leh, earned the bronze. In the U-17 Boys 200-meter race, Islamia Public School, Leh, claimed the gold medal, Moravian Public School, Leh, won the silver, and Govt. Boys Higher Secondary School, Leh, bagged the bronze.

In futsal, the Grey Team emerged as the winner, with the Green Team as the runner-up. In Traditional Archery, Team A secured the top position, while Team B earned the runner-up spot. During the Tug of War match between students and the Spouse team, the spouse team emerged victorious, while the students’ team was the runner-up.

Moses Kunzang, Director of the Department of Youth Services and Sports, UT Ladakh, graced the occasion as the Chief Guest. He extended his congratulations to all the participants for their outstanding efforts and dedication, highlighting the commitment of the UT Administration and Ladakh Autonomous Hill Development Council, Leh, in enhancing sports infrastructure within UT Ladakh.

Moses Kunzang passionately encouraged students to actively participate in national and international sports competitions, fostering a culture of excellence and sportsmanship. He emphasized that promoting sports and providing proper sports facilities not only promotes physical activity and healthy competition but also contributes to the overall development and well-being of the youth in the region.

The event commenced with a warm welcome speech by Tsering Tashi, Youth Services and Sports Officer, Leh, who commended all participants for their dedication and hard work. The event concluded with a prize distribution ceremony, where deserving participants were honored for their exceptional performances in various games.

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