District Collector V. Anil Kumar exhorted students on Friday to study diligently and also excel in sports at the State and national level.

He inaugurated the sports competition for those aged between 14 and 17 years in Kadapa municipal stadium as part of National Library Week celebrations. Participation in sports would boost health and bring out their innate talent and in turn help them fare well in studies, the Collector said.

Students of Municipal High School, Nirmala and Ravindranath Tagore High Schools in Kadapa and Chaitanya High School at Vempalle participated in athletics, discus, shot-put and javelin throw events.

District Grandhalaya Samstha chairman R. Ramakoti Reddy, secretary Lakshmi Rajyam, District Sports Officer Basha Mohiuddin and deputy librarian Hameeduddin participated.