M'lore to host national youth convention

District in-charge Minister Krishna J Palemar distributing sports kit to one of the youth groups in ZP Hall on Monday.    DH Photo

DK district is not short of talented youth but many a time there is lack of opportunity, support and equipment. There are many youth groups who struggle to translate their dreams into reality. The government is trying its level best to support these youth groups by providing them facilities they require, said District in-charge Minister Krishna J Palemar after distributing sports kits to different youth groups in the district at Zilla Panchayat Hall on Monday.

The programme was organised by District Administration in association with Dakshina Kannada Zilla Panchayat and Youth Service and Sports Department.

Palemar said that the National Youth Convention will be held in Mangalore during the second week of January. As many as 6,000 youth from different parts of the country are expected to participate. There is a need to decorate the entire city to welcome the youth, he said.

Speaking on the occasion Karnataka Legislative Assembly Deputy Speaker N Yogish Bhat said that financial crunch is major problem faced by the aspiring athletes. The problem persists after participating in international level events. The district administrations, entrepreneurs, businessmen and various organisations should help these talented participants.

“Mangala stadium synthetic track tender has been approved. The work will start after the youth convention,” he said.Presiding over the programme Zilla Panchayat President K T Shailaja Bhat said that talent should not suffer due to the lack of facilities.

From every taluk 24 youth groups were selected to receive sports kits. As many as 120 youth groups from the district received sports paraphernalia such as volley ball, volley ball net, throw ball, chess boards, carom boards, skipping ropes and other items. A sum of Rs 5,000 was spent on each group.

Deputy Commissioner Dr N S Channappa Gowda, ZP CEO Dr K N Vijayprakash and others were present.

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