Mangaluru, Jan 25, 2016 : Dakshina Kannada Working Journalists’ Union in association with Mangalore Press Club organized its Annual sports meet for the scribes at the Nehru Maidan, on January 24, their dormant sports talents was a surprise to the many spectators. It was a treat to see the ’paparazzi’ take a well deserved break to reinvent their stressed mind and body - journalists, beat reporters, photographers, cameramen and assistants with others in the field of media, took time to cheer and participate in many sporting items - the spirit visible was ’participating is vital winning is secondary’.
Arif Padubirdi warmly welcomed all present. Sports meet was inaugurated by the DK DC Adoor B Ibrahim by lighting the traditional lamp along with the President of Sports promoters Club, Sadananda Shetty and Ekalavya Sports Award winner Bhasker Thokkuttu. R A Fernandes of Deccan Herald the affable President of the Press Club was up with his initiative. The guests released tri-colour balloons to signal the start of the sports meet.
Addressing the meet DK DC Ibrahim made a point that the media people who work 24X7 to give facts and news to the public are sen here now to take part in this sports meet and refresh their mind and body. It is good to break the cycle as well as to test their own skills and be humble to reality. It will clarify the fact that it is not difficult to criticise delays and denials but to know reality is better. Let such programmes take place every three months so that all the journalists will be more practical and understanding.
Guests Sadananda Shetty and Bhaskar Shetty appreciated and wished the Journalists well always. Various competitions like ice cream eating, Banana eating, lemon and spoon races, Chakkuli eating, cricket and running races were the order of the day. Refreshments and Lunch was part of the entertainment.
The prize distribution ceremony was held in the evening. City Police commissioner Chandra Sekhar was the chief guest. He said that sports meets or cultural programmes are essential to neutralise stress because journalists work day and night. Seeing your sportsmanship I feel that this is real sporting spirit. I am at the start of a tenure in Mangaluru and i hope to see it doing good here. Your co-operation is welcomed.
Speaking at the end of this meet, MCC Commissioner Dr Gopalkrishna said that journalists slog without any break but today they have come out from their work to take part in the sports meet and refresh themselves. Recalling his childhood Gopalkrishna said that his father used to bring a newspaper everyday and he would take one hour to read it, only after that we would get the paper for reading. But now the newspapers are losing importance because of the electronic media where the news is being published immediately. Journalists should join hands for the development of the society.
Pusparaj Jain and Manohar Prasad also spoke on the occasion. Prizes were distributed to the winners. Ronald Anil Fernandes, Anand Shetty, Jagannath Shetty Bala and others were also present. Kiran Sirsikar delivered the vote of thanks.