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Girls exhorted to take up sports in a big way

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“Use quota for admission to engineering, medical courses”

KUDOS:Sub-Collector (training) M. Sharmila distributing prizes to winners of PYKKA sports meet in Ramanathapuram on Wednesday.— Photo: L. Balachandar
KUDOS:Sub-Collector (training) M. Sharmila distributing prizes to winners of PYKKA sports meet in Ramanathapuram on Wednesday.— Photo: L. Balachandar

District Sub-Collector (Training) M. Sharmila has exhorted school students, especially girls to actively take up sports and make use of the quota for sports persons in admission to engineering and medical courses.

Distributing prizes to the winners at the District level inter-block competitions for the year 2012-13, conducted by the Ramanathapuram unit of the Sports Development Authority of Tamil Nadu at the Seethakathi Stadium here on Wednesday, she said it was heartening to see girls were taking part in field and track events in large numbers.

Commending their performances , she wished they rise to the State and national levels and bring fame and glory to the district.

The Panchayat Yuva Krida Aur Khel Abhiyan (PYKKA) event provided ample opportunities to students hailing from villages to showcase their talents.

“All of you should actively take up sports and excel,” she said and admitted that girls had to overcome many hurdles, right from their families, if they have to take up sports as their career. Instead of giving in, they should overcome the hurdles, if they believe they have the talent to shine in a particular field or track event. “Speak to your parents and sort out the problems, instead of giving a quite burial to your talents,” she told the girl students.

Those who come up good in sports had good scope to get into professional colleges as the government has enhanced the quota for sports persons in engineering and medical colleges, she said.

The two day PYKKA event was inaugurated by District Superintendent of Police N. M. Mylvahanan on Tuesday. On the opening day, about 980 under 16 boys and girls from various schools in all the blocks in the district took part in the field events, District Sports Officer T Prakasam said. On the second day, about 900 boys and girls took part in the track event, he added.

Roshini Fathima, a student of St Andrews School, Ramanathapuram stole the limelight with an impressive performance, coming first in 100 m and 400 m races. M Riswan Ali won the two events in the boys section.

Mandapam Panchayat Union Deputy Chairperson Nageswari Shanmugam and Pattinamkathan Panchayat President Chithra Marudhu, were among others, who attended the function.

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