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2,000 vie for Chief Minister’s Trophy

R. Krishnamoorthy
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Tournaments begin at VOC Park Stadium; prize money of Rs.4.59 lakh santioned

For sports:District Collector V.K. Shanmugam taking salute from students during the march past at the inauguration of District Sports and Championship for Chief Ministers’ Trophy in Erode on Wednesday.- PHOTO:M.GOVARTHAN
For sports:District Collector V.K. Shanmugam taking salute from students during the march past at the inauguration of District Sports and Championship for Chief Ministers’ Trophy in Erode on Wednesday.- PHOTO:M.GOVARTHAN

Sanction of Rs. 4.59 lakh prize money and participation of 2,000 sportspersons — 1250 men and 750 women — for this year’s district-level round of the Chief Minister’s Trophy sports tournament conducted by the Sports Development Authority of Tamil Nadu has buoyed the spirits of the organisers.

Be it individual or team events, each of the first-prize winners would receive Rs. 1,000 prize money. Each of the second and third-prize winners would be given Rs. 750 and Rs. 500 respectively.

“The numbers of entries for various events are quite encouraging in the second edition of the Chief Minister’s Trophy Tournament. For instance, there are 27 teams for men’s kabaddi competition this year,” said District Sports Officer K. Kanagaraj.

The venue, the VOC Park Stadium wore a festive look on with the participants presenting a march past. District Collector V.K. Shanmugam took the salute and inaugurated the tournament in the presence of the District Inspector of Physical Education G. Siddhaiyan and Mr. Kanagaraj. Dr. Shanmugam exuded hope that an indoor stadium would be constructed at the VOC Park Grounds.

On the first day of the event , basket ball, foot ball, kabaddi and volley ball competitions were conducted for both men and women under 25 years at the VOC Park Stadium. Women’s hockey matches were conducted at K.O.M. Higher Secondary School at Punjai Puliampatti and men’s hockey at Kongu Engineering College, Perundurai.

On Thursday, lawn tennis competitions would be conducted for men and women at the Railway Institute Ground. Shuttle badminton competitions would be conducted at The Nilgiris Recreation Club, and table tennis at Dr. Ram Sports Foundation. Athletics events and swimming competitions would be conducted at the VOC Park Stadium. The winners from this will qualify for the regional round covering eight districts : Salem, Dharmapuri, Namakkal, Karur, Erode, Tirupur, Coimbatore, and The Nilgiris.

The number of entries for various events are quite encouraging, says official

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