PARADIP: Paradip The 41st All India Major Port Athletics Meet and 29th Children Athletics Meet jointly organised by Major Ports Sports Control Board and Paradip Port Sports Council concluded at Gopabandhu Stadium recently. The host Paradip Port has emerged as Overall Champion whereas the Visakhapatnam Port bagged the Runners Up title.
Ms. Nivedita Tarai of Paradip Port Trust emerged the highest medal winner with a total medal haul of 12 Nos. in the Under 18 Girls Category i.e. 4 each in Gold, Silver and Bronze. In the 4 days sports extravaganza, 214 men, women and children athletes from 7 Major Ports i.e. from Chennai Port Trust, Cochin Port Trust, Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust, Mumbai Port Trust, New Mangalore Port Trust, Visakhapatnam Port Trust and the host Paradip Port Trust were vying for the top honours.
Shri Rinkesh Roy, Chairman, PPT attended the valedictory function as Chief Guest and gave away the prizes. He appealed to the athletes to continue their sportsman spirit and bring more laurels at the National and International levels. Smt. Shubalaxmi Roy, President, Paradip Ladies Club attending as Guest of Honour on the occasion also distributed the prizes.
Shri A. Jayasimha, CME, PPT and President of Gopabandhu Kreeda Sansad (GKS) presided over the function and gave the introductory remarks. Shri S.C. Nahak, SE, PPT and Working President of GKS and Shri Manas Kumar Sehti, Vice Chairman, Organising Committee also spoke on the occasion. Shri Rabi Das, Secretary, PPT Sports Council offered the vote of thanks. The Meet came to an end with a splendid Fire Crackers Show.
Senior officials and employees from PPT and sports enthusiasts form the port township were present in large numbers.