Nagpur: Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on Friday announced starting of Boxing Academy in the premises of Divisional Sports Complex in Nagpur to encourage the sport in the Second Capital. “Along with Boxing Academy, necessary facilities would be set for others sports,” assured Fadnavis.
“To give stimulus to sportsmen and sporting activities, the State Government has appointed 32 sportspersons on the Class 1 and 2 posts in the government service. Hence look after the sports as career opportunity. Honour the state and nation by bagging medals in national and international competitions,” The Chief Minister exhorted. Fadnavis expressed happiness over the amazing and best ever performance in Asian Games this year by Indian sportspersons. “We are encouraging more and more athletes to win medals from Maharashtra. We‘ve given government jobs to 32 sportspersons this week,” Fadnavis said.
The Chief Minister was speaking after presenting medals and trophies to winners of first edition of Sub-Junior Girls National Boxing Championship organised jointly by Nagpur Municipal Corporation, Nagpur Mahanagar Boxing Association and Boxing Federation of India at Ranikothi in Civil Lines.
Other dignitaries present on the occasion include Guardian Minister Chandrashekhar Bawankule, Mayor Nanda Jichkar, MLA Sudhakar Kohale, Chairman of Small Scale Industries Corporation Sandeep Joshi, Deputy Mayor Deepraj Pardikar, District Collector Ashwin Mudgal, Acting Municipal Commissioner Ravindra Thakre, District Sports Officer Avinash Pund and others.
After lighting the championship torch by Fadnavis, final contest between Delhi’s Kumari Sanjana and Maharashtra Kumari Devika was held in which Devika emerged winner.
A total of 399 players from 31 states participated in the championship. Even 14 players from Kerala participated despite large scale devastation by rain and floods recently. For the first time, cash prizes were being presented in the championship.