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National School Athletics Meet: Logo released

M.K.Raghavan M.P released the logo of National School Athletics Meet at a function held at BEM School on Saturday.
Dr.M.K.Muneer received the logo.
Publicity convener Nambidi Narayanan presided over the function.
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The 61st National School Athletics Championship for 2015-16  will be hosted by the Kerala Government at the Medical College Stadium in Kozhikode, from January 29 to February 2, 2016.

A decision to this effect was taken at the state cabinet meeting held at Thiruvananthapuram the other day following a preliminery meeting chaired by Chief Minister Oommen Chandy and attended by Education Minister P K Abdu Rabb, Sports Minister Thiruvanchoor Radhakrishnan and Chief Secretary Jiji Thomson.
The decision would put an end to  the uncertainty and confusion that prevailed on the conduct of the national meet which began after Maharashtra withdrew from its commitment as the original hosts.  Earlier, the  Maharashtra government had decided to conduct separate meets for boys and girls, which  had snowballed into a controversy, with former athletes, including P T Usha and Anju Bobby George, protesting  against it.
The Maharashtra Government subsequently backed out from hosting the meet after Union Sports Ministry stated that the school meet could not be conducted separately for boys and girls.
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Anju Bobby George

Earlier, Kerala had also decided not to host the 61st National School Athletic meet, because of three reasons – the SSLC examinations due in March, upcoming state youth festival and the Assembly polls.

 

Former sprint queen  P T Usha was the first to criticise the Kerala Government after it decided  against hosting the athletics competition of the National School Games citing the SSLC examinations and upcoming Assembly elections. Finally, the Government had to yield to the general sentiments of the sports persons across the state in favour of holding the national sports event in the state.

“We decided to conduct the meet in Kerala because we did not want our young athletes to suffer,” the Kerala Education minister P.K. Abdu Rabb told. “We know how much effort an athlete puts in over the year to become eligible to compete at the National School meet.” he added.

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Kerala’s decision was also influenced by constant efforts put forth by sports persons P T Usha and Anju Bobby George.
Anju, who recently took over as the Kerala Sports Council president said Kozhikode has the best synthetic track available in the State and highly capable organisers as well.

“The government is taking a big risk by agreeing to host the event at this point of time. But we took the decision for the benefit of athletes. Also, we wanted to prove that there is no place for gender discrimination, or any kind of discrimination, in sports,” Anju said.
Kerala has been the overall champion for the last 18 years in the national meet. In the last year’s National School Athletic Meet held at Ranchi, Kerala emerged the champions .This was the 18th consecutive time Kerala won the championship with 212 points, including 36 gold, 26 silver and 24 bronze medals.
With Kozhikode gearing up for the national event with young athletes from across the country, Kerala is  hoping to win their 19th consecutive title this year.

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