Ujjain: Two-day annual sports meet ‘Altius’ commenced at Jain Public School (JPS) Barnagar with the theme ‘Altius’, which signifies ‘higher’ and is one of three Latin words which convey the motto of Olympic Games. The opening ceremony witnessed the immense zeal and enthusiasm of participants as they proved their mettle in various athletic events by exhibiting their stamina, strength and spirit.
The sports meet was inaugurated with the lighting of sports torch followed by the torch relay performed by school head boy Tanmay Ora, head girl Kapila Soni and house captains. Addressing the gathering, chief guest and MP Tirtha Sthan and Mela Pradhikaran vice-president Mahendra Singh said sportsmanship, team work, discipline and will power help one to fight against life challenges and all this is possible only through sports. It is a matter of privilege to have such a school in the region having all modern facilities for the overall development of students, he added.
Guest of honour Sahyog Seva Sansthan, Badnawar, president Manoj Somani said that to make India healthy is the need of the hour and the same could be made possible through sincere efforts from schools and sports is the best means to realize the dream of ‘healthy India’. Director Ankit Vohra, in his welcome address, said that the school constantly sharpens the sports talent of students in table tennis, cricket, volleyball, kho-kho, badminton and archery.
Guest of honour and sports and youth welfare department coordinator Nandkishore Dhakad administered the sports oath to participants. School trustee Subhash Vohra and parents graced the occasion. Principal Satanand Dubey and senior teacher Partha Gantait greeted the dignitaries with bouquets and mementoes. A synchronized march past by cadets of four houses was a sight to behold. School band presentation and cultural presentation performed under the guidance of music teacher Saikat Mitra and dance teacher Akanksha Rathore, respectively, were praised by the audience.
Junior students displayed an outstanding presentation of PT and aerobics which left the spectators spell bound. Track and field events including 100, 200, 400 and 800 metre race, shot put, high jump and long jump were conducted on the first day. Parents enjoyed participating in sack race and hurdle race. Rahul Chakrakar and Indrajeet Upadhyay compared the event while Akhilesh Soni proposed vote of thanks.
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