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Government Senior Secondary School, Gidharwindi, survived a scare against Sant Ishar Singh Memorial Public School, Rara Sahib, before romping home victorious in boys’ U-14 volleyball in the annual Ludhiana District-Level Games organised by the Punjab Sports Department at the Guru Nanak Stadium and Punjab Agricultural University here today.

In the final, Gidharwindi players managed to prevail upon Rara Sahib boys 26-24, 27-25 to fetch the title. In the match played between AS Senior Secondary School, Khanna, and Coaching Centre, Guru Nanak Stadium, Ludhiana, the former came out victors 25-12, 25-19 to secure the third position.

In handball (boys U-17), Nav Bharti Public School, Ludhiana, bagged top honors, while SAI Coaching Centre, Ludhiana, and Government Model Senior Secondary School, PAU, Ludhiana, secured the second and third positions, respectively.

However, in girls’ section, Government Model Senior Secondary School, PAU, Ludhiana, stamped its class winning the title, followed by DAV Public School, Ludhiana, which finished at the second place. The third position was bagged by Kinder Garten Senior Secondary School, Samrala.

In weightlifting (boys U-14), Khanna, secured 34 points to emerge as overall champions. Doraha got 17 points to secure second position, while Jarg garnered 13 points to finish at the third place.

In girls’ section (U-14), Khanna with 31 points again won the overall championship and Jarg (31 points) closely followed them at the second place, while Rauni collected 8 points to secure the third position.
Ludhiana’s Agrim Kapila fetched top honors in badminton (boys’ U-17) and Hakam Singh of Bhaini Sahib secured second position, while Sanindya Nuatiyal of Pakhowal finished at the third place.
In girls’ U-17 section, Lovepreet Kaur from Bhaini Sahib came out victorious, while Surinder Kaur and Himakshi Chawla secured the second and third positions, respectively.
In kabaddi (girls’ U-14), Khasi Kalan beat Government High School, Lohara 27-17 to clinch the title and Bhamian School drubbed Guru Har Gobind Public School, Dadhahur 23-2 to secure the third position.
Kartar Singh Sehmbey, Assistant Director, Sports, Punjab, and officiating District Sports Officer, Ludhiana, distributed prizes. Harbans Singh, senior kabaddi coach along with coaches Sanjeev Sharma (athletics), Harinder Sharma (handball), Shubhkaran Singh (weightlifting), Jagdeep Singh (volleyball) and Arunjit Kaur (hockey) were among others present on the occasion.

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In a tournament at Kila Raipur, a Ludhiana village famous for ‘Rural Olympics’, distributed 46 kg desi ghee along with trophies, medals and cash prizes, among winners of second volleyball and desi khedan (traditional games), a village level tournament, on Tuesday.
To give out ghee as a prize was the idea of village NRIs, who, like last year had sponsored the tournament.
Paramjit Singh Grewal, one of the organisers from the village said, “In Punjab, honouring players with desi ghee may be a new idea but in countries like Canada, Australia or the US, it’s quite common in tournaments organised by Punjabis.” Grewal further said, “It is more motivating than medals and trophies. Mothers will also be happy that their sons have brought desi ghee home.”
Winners of the tournament, Bhavjeet Singh Grewal and Barjung Singh Grewal were given 5 kg ghee each, and three best teams –Jodh, Burjung and Shaheed Baba Dhumaji club,that had six players each were individually given 2 kg desi ghee along with cash prize of Rs 6,100, Rs 4,100, and Rs 2,100, respectively.
Baljeet Singh, an elderly spectator said, “We are grateful to our NRIs for organising this tournament as such events keep the youngsters connected to sports. We are also impressed that players were awarded with desi ghee as it is ghee and other milk products that give you real energy.”
The tournament was organised in memory of Rajwinder Singh Raju who was a famous hockey player of the village.