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6,000 students from different schools are taking part

HEALTHY sport: Players in action at a State-level school sports meet which began in Ramanathapuram on Thursday. —Photo:L. Balachandar
HEALTHY sport: Players in action at a State-level school sports meet which began in Ramanathapuram on Thursday. —Photo:L. Balachandar

The 53 {+r} {+d} Republic Day sports meet for schools in the State began here on Thursday.

S. Thangavelan, Minister for Slum Clearance, inaugurated the meet, in which around 6,000 students from different schools in the State have been taking part.

They have been divided into 15 zones and 2 sports hostels.

Football, hockey, kho-kho, basketball, kabaddi, ball badminton, handball, throwball, table tennis, badminton, tennis were among line up for the sports enthusiasts.

The meet will be held until Sunday. A large number of physical education teachers, coaches and others have come to the meet, which is organised by the Department of School Education.

Competitions are being held in sports facilities available in Seethakathy-Sethuthapthy stadium, Velumanickam hockey stadium, SDAT-RDTA tennis courts, Jagan Suresh memorial badminton courts and facilities in various schools and colleges of the district particularly in Ramanathapuram and Paramakudi.

Speaking on the occasion, Mr Thangavelan said sports and exercise were important for leading healthy life.

It was good that a large number of students had come for different parts of the State including Chennai.

The State government had been giving top priority for the development of spots.

T.N. Hariharan, Collector, K. Balasubramanian, District Revenue Officer, R. Balasubramanian, Chief Educational Officer and others took part.

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