AIU’s North Zone Inter University Kho-Kho (Men) Championship 2012-13 Inaugurated at Lovely Professional University

*Scores of sports officials, 240 players & 40 team managers/coaches from 20 Universities participated in the magnanimous March Past during Opening Ceremony
*“We must try to get Kho Kho included in the Olympic Games”: said Chief Guest LPU’s Chancellor Mr Ashok Mittal
*Following the theme of the game “the Chase begins”, 16 ‘Knock out’ and 6 ‘league’ matches will be held up to 15 January 2013
*In one of the knock out matches, LPU defeated CCS University Meerut by 13-9 points
*Winning 4 teams will further participate in National All India Inter-University (Inter Zonal) Kho-Kho (Men) Championship, to be organized, again, by LPU from 25th to 30th Jan 2013

Jalandhar: On getting preferred once again by the Association of Indian Universities, Lovely Professional University has been organizing AIU’s North Zone Inter University Kho-Kho (Men) Championship 2012-13 at its campus. The chief Guest of the day was LPU Chancellor Mr Ashok Mittal, who inaugurated the Championship, today, by hoisting the Sports flags of AIU & LPU. Mr Mittal was accompanied by Pro Chancellor Ms Rashmi Mittal, Vice Chancellor Dr Ramesh Kanwar, International Professors Ms Gillian Gourlay and Dr Devinder Sidhu from the University of Northampton, UK, and University of Wisconsin, Madison, US, respectively.  Many contingents constituted of scores of sports officials, 240 players & 40 team managers/coaches from 20 Universities participated in the magnanimous March Past, during the colourful opening ceremony. Following the theme of the game “the Chase begins”, the championship will continue up to 15 January 2013. The inaugural day had 8 of the 16 ‘Knock out matches’, whereas six league matches will be held on the last two days, among winner teams from four pools. In one of the knock out matches held today, LPU defeated CCS University Meerut by 13-9. Winning 4 teams of the zone will further participate in National All India Inter-University (Inter Zonal) Kho-Kho (Men) Championship, to be organized, again, by LPU from 25 to 30 Jan 2013.

Welcoming all the sports enthusiasts to the Kho Kho sports arena, LPU Chancellor Mr Ashok Mittal said: “To be always up to the expectations and trust made upon us, LPU has made earnest efforts to make this event enjoyable for all the participants and sports lovers. Undoubtedly, the matches will be conducted in accordance with the rules of the Kho-Kho Federation of India, however, I advise all the players to observe the true sportsman spirit to bring honour and fame to their respective university.  In addition, showing all the popular salient features of this centuries old Kho Kho Game, we should all strive to get it included in the Olympic Games.” He further informed that in order to rouse the interest of even professional students towards sports and other activities, the University has  continuously developed  infrastructure for different and related needs: “At present, there are adequate and varied resources available  at LPU to sustain the various sports  and other festive activities on LPU campus. That is why; we were entrusted with the organization of AIU’s All India Men and Women Boxing Championships, North Zone Football Championship and Zonal youth festival also.”

On the first day eight knock out matches were played between  teams of DSV Haridwar & Chowdhry Devi Lal University Sirsa, and Jammu University & PU Chandigarh from Pool A; LPU Phagwara & Chowdhry Charan Singh University Meerut, and Lucknow University & BR Ambedkar Uni Agra from Pool B; Bundelkhand University Jhansi & HPU Shimla, and GuruKul Kangri Vishvidyalya Haridwar & Delhi University from Pool C;  and   from Pool D between teams of PU Patiala & CSJM Kanpur on one hand and between Allahabad university & Kumaon University Nanital on the other.  Running, Chasing, Judgment Kho, Pole dives, Second Attacks were worth seeing in all the matches. The spectators enjoyed the matches which looked very easy on the surface, but every action of the players required lot of mind, heart and body in unison.  Tomorrow, 8 Winners of these four pools will go for next 4 knock out matches between two teams each from the respective pool.

Two of the players from Panjab University Chandigarh, Narinder Saini and Uma Kant said: “We have practiced a lot to let the winning trophy be in the name of our university. For this, we have learnt all the tricks of the game.  Moreover, the very cordial and helpful environment at LPU is further motivating us to reach to our goal.”


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