Minister for Sports and Youth Welfare R.B. Udhayakumar, who inspected the ongoing work on laying a synthetic athletic track at Anna Stadium here on Saturday, advised the officials to expedite the project and ensure quality. The eight-lane 400-metre flood-lit track would be laid around the football ground.

The football ground will be of grass turf. The Minister interacted with the sports hostel boys and exhorted them to work hard to achieve success at national and international levels.

Later, Mr. Udhayakumar inaugurated the village games for Nagamangalam panchayat at Crea Matriculation Higher Secondary School. He said that the village games were being conducted to tap rural talent.

“Participation in sporting activities inculcates values such as discipline and dedication apart from fostering camaraderie,” he added.

Competitions were conducted in athletics, volleyball, and kabaddi for men and women, while football was held only for men.

R. Manoharan, Chief Whip, P. Kumar, MP, Mohammed Nasimuddin, Principal Secretary, Youth Welfare and Sports Development, V.K. Jeyakodi, Member Secretary, Sports Development Authority of Tamil Nadu, and K. Tharpagaraj, District Revenue Officer, were present.