Goa: Healthy People, Healthy Nation Campaign concluded with 'Annual Sports Meet' held on Sunday(26-10-2014) at SAG Ground, Ponda. The Sports Meet started with a Rally held from Safa Masjid, Shahpur to SAG Ground flagged-off by the President-Shaikh Abdul Rauf. Various events were also held as a part of the Sports Meet, participated by the People from all walks of life including men, women, old and young. The Meet started with the National Anthem followed by Yoga demonstration in which general public eagerly participated.
The winners in various events held on the occasion were:- Long-Jump- Umar F. Hatwale, Hit-wicket- Basha Shaikh, 50 mtr race junior-Aftab Shakeel Pathan, Malik Rafeeq & Fazle Karim, 100 mtrs. race below 35 years-Ishaq Khan & Sayeed Hatiwale, 100 mtrs. race above 35-Kamal Shaikh & Lalsab, Hopping Race-Adil Khan & Azaan Shaikh. In Kabaddi, Thigh Cathers, Margao defeated Naga Warriors, Ponda by 21-15, In Tug-of-war-Margao Fighters pulled Ponda Riders into their den to win the competition.
In the Womens category, Sanjeeda Rehman, Sabeen Rehman & Arshiya Shaikh won the Lemon & spoon race, Shaheen Aga & Madiha Shah won the 50 mtrs running race, Aalia Shaikh won the one-leg race.
8-a-side Football Tournament was played in the league format for the past 15 days , the four teams qualified were (i) KN Superkings, Margao (ii) C.A Wariors, Margao (iii) N.M United, Ponda & (iv) Valpoi Challengers, Valpoi. In the first semi-final, KN Superkings defeated C.A Wariors 2-0 scored by Abrar Shaikh & Mohammed Usman, 2nd semis was played between N.M United & Valpoi Chalengers, which was won by Valpoi Challengers by a solitary goal scored by Ishaq Khan. In the title clash held at SAG Ground for the PFI Cup-2014, Valpoi Challengers, Valpoi routed KN Superkings, Margao 4-1. Mercurial Stricker, Ishaq Khan stole the limelight by scoring the brace in 10th & 32nd minute of the game, while Asiif Aga 21st minute & Murtuza Shaikh scoring in the dyeing minutes of the game. The all-important goal by penalty shoot for KN Superkings was scored by Abrar Shaikh. Ishaq Khan of Valpoi Challengers was awarded 'Man of the Tournament' for his brilliant performance.
In the prize distribution ceremony, Shri Akbar Mulla-Vice-President of All India Wrestling Federation & GCA was the Chief Guest who spoke on Talent search held by different Football academies and grooming the young talent to become future players of the State & Country.
He congratulated all the winners and participants in the Popular Front's Annual Sports Meet. Key note speaker, Shri Amod Mardolkar 4-times winner of Mr. Goa spoke on "Diet, a normal human has to adhere to". He spoke of old generation as a hard workers and habitual walkers of long distances and how today's generation is avoiding walking which affects their well-being. He spoke on commitment, punctuality, determination to be adhered by Sportsman to excel in Sports fields.
President of Goa, Mr. Shaikh Abdul Rauf spoke on all the activities undertaken by Popular Front for the Upliftment of Educational & Fitness standard of downtrodden & marginalized section of the Society in India. He called upon the People of Goa to support Popular Front of India in all the spheres to enable the Organisation to reach-out to all the section of the Society, And help in their Empowerment Goal.
Mr. Sadiq Mulla, Popular Front of India-Goa Ponda incharge welcomed the Dignitaries and People present who spoke on the importance of 'Healthy People, Healthy Nation' Campaign of Popular Front of India throughout the Country and especially in Goa. Mr. Ameen Mulla compered the Programme and also proposed the Vote of Thanks.