For the very first time, the Balurghat stadium in South Dinajpur will be hosting the state-level junior athletic summit- 2018. Secretary of the district sports association Gautam Goswami confirmed this at a press conference he held in the stadium on Thursday.
“The summit was not being held for the past couple of years due to financial problems at the department. However, this year, Sourav Ganguly has arranged for sponsors for the event, and the state authority has selected Balurghat as the venue. We are ready for the event and we hope the summit will help athletes in the district prosper,” Mr Goswami said.
A total of 34 events will be organised during the summit, where 109 boys and 101 girls will be competing under the 14, 16 and 18 age groups, while they will be representing 20 districts in the state.
“The arrangements for the summit have begun. Ten competitors from the district will be participating in the event. The junior athletes representing the district are very excited and have started preparing themselves for the competition,” sources said.
“Our only aim is to develop the standard of the district level players. They have no openings to prove themselves. State-level competitions like these will help them and we are thankful to the state authority that they have selected Balurghat for the event,” Mr Goswami said.