Rural sports key for development of wholesome personality of rural youth: Dr Chand in Puri Rural Sports Meet at Kantapada

With voluntary initiatives of Puri rural youth a Rural Sports Meet of more than thirtyvillages is getting organized for the last one decade. This year the day and night cricket was held from 20
th March to 22nd March 2022. On valedictory day Dr TapanChand a top industry professional and Padmashree Prabhakar Maharana, the eminent sculptor participated in the meet encouraging the youth. Incidentally bothare natives of the villages participating in the meet. Kantapada village under Gopablock is a model village in many aspects and the village youth are highly proactiveand social service minded. They have been encouraging and participating in sports by their own contribution without any support from the Government. Village youthworking in distant places make it a point to come, contribute and participate in themeet, such is the involvement and attraction. In his address Padmashree Prabhakar

Maharana who has earned laurels for the state at national and international level informed that he always cherish his native village Sudhanagar. He also told that Dr Chand a native of adjacent village has never forgotten his village roots even thoughhe has become a top business executive in corporate world. During all natural disasters like Super-cyclone, Fani etc. Dr Chand came to village with relief material from his far off working place and distributed relief. He has always stood with villagers during their adversity. Village president Shri Mohani Behera, Organizing Committee President and newly elected Panchayat representative KanhucharanBehera and Padmashree Prabhakar Maharana felicitated Dr Chand. In his address as Chief Guest of the function Dr Tapan Chand complimented Maa Benidhari Youngsters Association and encouraged them to promote sports in rural side. Healso told that Rural India is coming up in a big way and rural bazaar has become a buzzword in business world. Sports and Games are no more hobbies alone it has become a means of livelihood for many. Rural sports is the key for development of
wholesome personality of rural youth. The sports meet ended with distributionof prizes to the winners and participants.