* More than 1200 students and 500 members of the Staff participated for 58 competitions of Races,
Jumps and Throws
* The Chancellor mentioned: it's time to prepare Winners for International Competitions
* Yester-year winner of 1500 Mts Race (Men) Jaskirat Singh bagged Gold Medal this year too; Amrit Pal Kaur declared first among women
Jalandhar: Organized with the national level fervour, the 4th Annual Athletics Meet of Lovely Professional University was inaugurated today, where more than 1200 students and 500 members of the staff participated for 58 competitions. The event began with Torch Relay followed by unfurling of University Flag, release of balloons and Pigeons by the Chief Guest Mr. Ashok Mittal, Chancellor of the University. On this occasion, Chairman of the Lovely Group Mr. Ramesh Mittal, Vice Chairman Mr. Naresh Mittal, Pro Chancellor Ms. Rashmi Mittal, Vice Chancellor Dr. Ramesh Kanwar, Director General, Er. HR Singla, Senior Deans, Deans of the University and other invited guests were prominently present. The Torch-Relay had started from the Chancellor's Office for the University Sports Stadium at Hardaspur Ground and was led to the Sacred Cauldron by Amit Hans, the Base Ball Gold Medal Winner for the University, held by AIU (Association of Indian Universities), as All India Inter University Championship. This two day meet will conclude with prize distribution & cultural celebrations.
Congratulating and boosting all the participants to reveal true spirit of sportsmanship for the honour of LPU and glory of Sports, the Chancellor Mr. Ashok Mittal said: "The participating students should come out with new records so as to cross hitherto kept standardized sports data at AIU Level. It is also a challenge for our Departments of Sports and Physical Education to ascertain the preparation of maximum number of students for participation at International competitions." He added: "Such organizations invigorate students' capability to take on academics more efficiently. On these lines, our university also accords scholarships to the students of such caliber and abilities. "
On this inaugural day, after the March Past by contingents of the University representing different Schools, Departments and Wings of the University, on the melodious tunes of the specially invited Punjab Police Band Team, all the participants took an oath under the leadership of Amritpal Kaur, who has already exhibited her athletic worth at All India Inter University Athletic championship. Competitors participated in the events like 100m, 400m & 1500m track race, Shot Put, Discus Throw, Long Jump, and Javelin Throw etc. The first event of the day was for 1500 meters races for men and women separately. For men, Jaskirat, Amrital, Vinod were declared winners of Gold, Silver and Bronze Medals, respectively; whereas, Amrit Pal Kaur, Roopvati, Neelam were honoured with same medals, in women category. The Department of Cultural Affairs also entertained the spectators through Butterflies Dance by Bodo Girl-students from North Eastern states, Rajasthani Dance and famous Jago and Giddha of Punjab.