GUWAHATI, Feb 9 � Host Assam made a flying start in the 17th Sub Junior National Netball Championship, for boys and girls, which got off to a colourful start at the Sarusajai Sports Complex here today. The Assam boys team outplayed Andhra Pradesh 53-7 in the inaugural match.
Earlier, Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi formally declared the meet open at the Indira Gandhi Stadium. State Minister Prithivi Majhi, former minister Dr Hemo Probha Saikia, secretary general of Netball Federation of India Hariom Kaushik, Director General of Sports Authority of Assam Pradip Hazarika, Assam Olympic Association joint secretary Pradip Kumar Hazariak were present in the inaugural function as guests.
Assam Netball Association (ANA) president Debabrata Saikia welcomed the gathering and the participating teams while Kaushik thanked the ANA for hosting the championship which is gaining popularity in the country. Chief Minister Gogoi urged all the participating teams to participate in the meet in true spirit. He also hoped that teams from different part of the country will get an ideal environment to show their talents. Altogether 19 State teams took part in the march past in the opening ceremony. The participating teams are � Andhra Pradesh, Chandigarh, Gujarat, Goa, Himachal Pradesh, Haryana, Jammu and Kashmir, Maharashtra, Manipur, Meghalaya, Punjab, Rajashthan, Tamil Nadu, Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal, Uttaranchal, Bihar, Assam.
Today�s results: (Boys) Assam bt Andhra Pradesh 53-7, Punjab bt Manipur 33-14, Chandigarh bt Bihar 58-1, Haryana bt Uttap Pradesh 38-19, Goa bt Himachal Pradesh 24-14, Rajasthan bt Uttarakhand 45-5. (Girls) Haryana bt Chandigarh 42-12, Rajasthan bt Meghalaya 29-15, Tamil Nadu bt Uttarakhand 44-2, Himachal Pradesh by J &K 8-0, Uttar Pradesh bt Goa 32-17.