Mangalore, Sep 13, 2014: Speaking after distributing district youth awards, on the inaugural day of Dakshina Kannada district-level Dasara, Rajiv Gandhi Khel Abhiyaan rural, women’s sports meet and district Youth awards conferring ceremony, organised by the district administration, Dakshina Kannada Zilla Panchayat, Youth Empowerment and Sports Department, Indian Sports Authority and Karnataka Sports Authority, at Mangala Stadium here, on September 12. Youth Services, Sports and Fisheries Minister K Abhaychandra Jain has said that the Mangala stadium, which is one among only six grounds in the State to have synthetic track will be covered with grass.
The Minister opined that the city would also get another indoor stadium within a year. As Mangala swimming pool is not big enough for the swimmers to practice, the government has decided to build another swimming pool at Emme Kere, he said. Meanwhile, Jain was unhappy about conferring the youth awards for the year 2007-08 and 2008-09 so late, and promised to correct the delays in the department at the earliest. A State-level youth conference will be held at Vittal in the month of November and several issues will be discussed with the officials on the occasion.
The pending Youth awards will be conferred to the achievers next year. The department will be strengthened using youth, he said. Abhaychandra Jain conferred Youth awardsof the year 2007-08 and 2008-09 to individuals and organisations. He hailed the achievements of youth, especially from Sullia taluk, for their hard work though they are far from district headquarters.
‘Continue good old tradition’ : Earlier, Forest, Environment and Ecology Minister B Ramanath Rai said that Dakshina Kannada has carved its niche in the field of sports. Many sports personalities from the district have earned name and fame in national and international-level. The district had also organised national-level spots meet.
However, the organisation work has lost its effectiveness in recent times. The registered Yuvaka and Yuvathi Mandalas can participate in the sports meet, but the registration is not being done properly. District youth empowerment department officials should take notice of this, he suggested.
“The sportsmen of our era used to actively participate even in Mysore Dasara sports competitions. We have to continue good old tradition and should not fall behind among other districts,” he said.
Deputy Commissioner A B Ibrahim launched the sports meet by releasing the tricolour balloons. University-level high jump record holder Supreath Raj administered oath to athletes. Dakshina Kannada District Yuvajana Okkuta President Rajiv Salian, Youth Empowerment and Sports Department Deputy Director Panduranga Gowda were present among others.