The South Zone Inter-University Men’s Kho-Kho Championship 2017-18, conducted by the Department of Physical Education, University of Mysore (UoM) at the University Grounds, got off to a colourful start at the University Grounds here this morning.
Prof. C. Basavaraju, In-charge Vice-Chancellor, UoM, Bharathi, Registrar, UoM, Mahadevappa, Finance Officer, UoM, Grewal, AIU Observer and Dr. P. Krishnaiah, In-charge Director, Department of Physical Education, UoM, by released the ballons in the air symbolically to mark the inauguration of the Championship.
Praveen Kumar of UoM’s kho-kho team took the oath on behalf of the participants. In all, 57 teams from different Universities from South Zone will take part in the Championship.
Earlier, the participating teams gave a colourful march-past and the guests took the salute and later were introduced to the teams.
Marimallappa’s School band gave an excellent display in the march-past. JNTU, Hederabad, was adjudged as the best team in the march-past, followed by University of Kerala and Gulbarga University.
Speaking on the occasion, UoM in-Charge VC Prof. C. Basavaraju, said that today is the happiest day for every sports person involved in this Championship as such tournaments brings togetherness, develops National spirit and equality among sports persons. Sports activities promotes good health of an individual and it also strengthens the society and makes them healthier citizens.
He also wished all the participants a good tournament and said that Mysore University will be a good host and asked the sports persons to give their best during the Championship.
He also touched upon the University’s promotion of sports activities and its development. He stressed the need for providing more dormitory facilities for sports persons to stay in the University Sports Complex during the games, and assured that steps will be taken to provide the same in days to come.
Registrar Bharathi also spoke on the occasion and wished all the participants good luck.
The matches will be held on a knock-out-cum-league basis with 36 matches slated for the day (Jan.17).
Mangalore University (the defending champion), Kuvempu University (runner-up), University of Mysore (third place) and University of Calicut (4th place) are directly seeded into the quarter-finals.