Historic All India Inter University ‘Tug of War’ Championship 2016-17 inaugurated at LPU

  • 40 Universities from across India have registered to compete for the oldest game of the world 

After successful conduction of Association of Indian Universities’ (AIU’s) many sports & cultural events at Lovely Professional University (LPU); it is once again historic for LPU when first ever All India Inter University Tug of War (Men & Women) Championship (2016-17) is inaugurated at its campus today. More than 40 universities from all across India have registered for this seven-day championship to participate in five categories of the championship. Of these championship games, two games each will be indoor & outdoor for both men and women and one outdoor game will be of men and women mixed teams, under different weight categories. 14 technical experts, observers and referees are appointed for smooth conduction of the championship. Being conducted by Tug of War (TWFI) Federation of India, the tournament will continue up to 26th December 2016.

First show-game was held between the teams of Guru Gobind Singh Indra Prasth University New Delhi and Punjabi University Patiala. Prior to this, LPU Chancellor Mr Ashok Mittal declared open the historic championship, and also hoisted the flags of organizer AIU and host LPU at the sports venue. In fact, Tug of war is a sport that puts two teams against each other in a test of strength. Each team pulls on opposite ends of a rope, to bring the rope on its side against the force of the opposing team's pull.

Congratulating all sports persons, team managers, coaches and authorities of AIU & TWFI for including the ancient game of India in the sports events of AIU, Chancellor Mr Mittal informed: “It is indeed a matter of pride for us to host one of the oldest games of the world at our campus. This game of strength used to be a part of Olympic Games from 1900 to 1920. A hard try has since then been going on to get it included in Olympics once again. You all are fortunate to participate in this historic opening of the game, and hopefully you can also be the first participants in the possible Olympic Games-2024 for Tug of War.” Mr Mittal added: “We always want to organize all types of events, as entrusted upon us in diverse fields, for the benefit of students in common. A few days back, LPU also came forward to organize the first ever Qwwali competition of AIU.” 

Chairman of the Technical Committee of the championship, Mr Madan Mohan shared that many international and national federations are adopting this game and is very popular among sportsmen-women as it is combination of both techniques and power where practice is much needed.


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