To discourage youths from falling prey to drug menace and promote rural sports in Himachal Pradesh, the HP Sports, Cultural and Environment Association (HPSCEA) will be organising T-20 cricket championship in Shimla district.

Addressing media persons on Monday HPSCEA, president Vikramaditya Singh who is also sitting legislator from Shimla (rural) said, “Promotion of sports has become all the more important in wake of rising in drug menace across the state. The youth are falling prey to it, which is very disturbing. It has become the responsibility of not only the state government, but of every responsible citizen that include young leaders to organise awareness programmes to effective steps to tackle drug menace.”

The need of the hour is to promote rich culture and tradition of the state, sports and other creative activities to divert the attention of the youth from substance abuse, he said, adding that their association has taken an initiative to organise cricket tourney in seven zones of Shimla district that include Chopal, Rohru, Jubbal, Kotkhai, Rampur Theog, Shimla (Rural) and Kusumpti.

The idea of organising the tourney tentatively from 7 October (around 18 days), has stemmed from the success of T-20 cricket matches organised by the association in Shimla rural, which garnered good response and had witnessed participation of around 200 teams, he added.

“To promote rural sports, the cricket tournament will strictly open for panchayat level teams only and no teams from outside will be permitted. This will be ensured with valid proof like Aadhaar card or voter identification cards of the participants,” said Vikramaditya Singh.