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Sports awareness programme organized in Muzaffarnagar

-       Children along with their parents felicitated for showing interest in sports. 
-       Various Sports Equipment were distributed to ensure efficient training of youth
 
Muzaffarnagar, February 03, 2021: Model Sports Village, a novel initiative of IMT Ghaziabad & NGO ''Sports: A Way of Life'' organized an event on sports awareness in the twin villages Bahadarpur and KheriViran in Muzaffarnagar district of Uttar Pradesh. 
 
A day-long event witnessed children from adjoining areas being felicitated with trophies & certificates for showing discipline, punctuality, honesty, ethics and team-spirit during their training in past one year. Parents who have encouraged their children to participate in sports were also awarded for motivating their kids to play. This was followed by sports equipment distribution ceremony where equipment like agility ladders, hurdles, relay baton sets, stop watches, footballs, volleyballs, nets, measuring tapes, discs etc. were distributed.        
 
Speaking on the occasion, Dr. Kanishka Pandey, Head Sports Research Center - IMT Ghaziabad & President – Sports a way of Life said, "We started India's first Model Sports Village in January last year with a distinct objective to evolve sports culture and increase sports literacy in the region.

It is so overwhelming to see that our initiative is bringing change in the minds of youth as well as the parents and more over that our initiative is helping the children in maintaining their lifestyle in a more disciplined form of manner.

Speaking on completing one year of Model Sports Village, Dr. Kanishka Pandey, Head Sports Research Center - IMT Ghaziabad & President – Sports a way of Life said, "It has been an excellent evolving experience for us. The relentless efforts of our team has successfully augmented in motivating and instilling spirit of sports by making over 300 youth joining our training programme".
 
Talking on the reason of establishing India's first 'Model Sports Village' Dr. Kanishka Pandey said, "The Model Sports Village concept is a multi-faceted. Our education system so far has focused more on mental development than on personality and physical development. This, we believe, is unsatisfactory. Our Model Sports Village has basic sports facilities with a focus on athletics and a few Olympics-related sports. It also focuses on the overall development of the local population. I firmly believe that sport can play a crucial role in character building and personality development. What gives me satisfaction is the fact that, we are not only providing basic sports facilities but have also been successful in creating a positive social environment. Two instances need highlighting – Villagers demanding a sport shop instead of a liquor shop sanctioned by the government and a plot of land which was to be used for sporting activities as per government records was recently handed over to us by the villagers for providing sporting facilities to their children after freeing it from illegal possession!"

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