The Anna University inter-zonal athletics meet got off to a fine start on Saturday promising more exciting action over the next two days.
The meet being held at Kongunadu College of Engineering and Technology at Tholurpatti in the district has attracted over 800 athletes with 22 events each for men and women.
Colleges across the State affiliated to Anna University, Chennai, have been divided into 19 zones. The best performers in each zone were selected for the inter-zonal competition.
Participation in sporting activities would help keep the mind and the body fit, said P.Kaliraj, Vice Chancellor (officiating), Anna University, Chennai, while inaugurating the meet on the sprawling campus. “Sports also help in building character,” he added.
S.Sivanesan, Registrar, Anna University, Chennai, said that sporting activities bring in discipline in youngsters besides building camaraderie and team spirit. It also shapes their overall personality.
PSK. R. Periaswamy, chairman, Kongunadu Institutions, PSK.S. Thennarasu, treasurer, PSK, P.Ashokkumar, joint-secretary, and R.Asokan, college principal, took part in the inaugural function.
Based on their performance in the ongoing meet, athletes would be chosen to represent Anna University at the all-India inter-university athletics meet.