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Mamata urges youth and children to take up sports and games and bring laurel for India

Mamata urges youth and children to take up sports and games and bring laurel for India

Kolkata, Aug 8 (UNI) West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee today underlined the importance of sports and games saying without them the life is incomplete. Addressing the annual awards giving ceremony of Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB), Ms Banerjee also remembered the contributions of late Jagmohan Dalmiya and urged the CAB to have a bust of him at Eden Gardens. The best men and women cricketers in Bengal were presented the annual awards with Lifetime Achievement award went to former Ranji cricketer Palash Nandy. A special reception was given to all rounder Jhulan Goswami for her exploits at the recently-concluded ICC Women’s World Cup in England, where India reached the final. Ms Banerjee also said it was a matter of great pride that the final of the under-17 FIFA World Cup will be held in Kolkata. A total of seven to eight matches would be held at Salt Lake Stadium. She hoped that the world cup would surely influence the budding footballers of the state. "Our lives are incomplete without sports. Sports is an integral part of our civilization and our culture," she said. A lot of academies have been coming up these days where a lot of children are getting training in various sports. " I urge the children and youth of Bengal to get involved more in sports – be it cricket, kabaddi, football, swimming, archery or any other sports," she added. Earlier, she was greeted by CAB president Sourav Ganguly. UNI PC BM

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