Mysuru, November 28:- The South Zone Inter-University Men’s Cricket Tournament 2019-20, conducted by the Department of Physical Education, University of Mysore (UoM), got off to a colourful start at the University Sports Pavilion here on Wednesday evening.
The tournament was inaugurated by Prof G Hemanth Kumar, Vice-Chancellor, UoM; Santosh Menon, secretary, KSCA; Sudhakar Rai, convener, KSCA Mysuru Zone and Dr P Krishnaiah, in-charge director, Department of Physical Education, UoM.
Prof B S Vishwanath, chairman, DOS in Biochemistry, Manasagangothri, welcomed the gathering.
Speaking on the occasion, Prof Hemanth Kumar stressed the importance of fitness, effort and concentration for getting positive results in sport. He also said that every team cannot win and wanted all the participating teams to have a positive outlook and play well to achieve success.
Santosh Menon said that cricket is a game very popular in our country and the present-day cricketers need to be intelligent, have the mental toughness and understand and perform according to the situation to succeed. He also said that cricketers in the country are a privileged lot as there are lots of opportunities for their career development.
He said Mysuru is the next best cricket centre after Bengaluru and all the participating teams must be happy to be here in this wonderful city to play the cricket tournament.
All the participating teams were introduced to the guests. The 2004-05 Mysore University cricket team members along with support staff and coach, which finished runner-up in the All-India Inter-University Tournament, the 2006-07 team which finished runner-up in the All-India Inter-University Tournament and the 2018-19 UoM team which finished runner-up in the All-India and South Zone tournament, were felicitated by the Department of Physical Education, UoM.
Dr Mansoor Ahmed, cricket coach, UoM, rendered the vote of thanks.
A total of 107 University teams from South India are participating in the tournament. The matches will be played at seven venues – UoM SDNR Wadayar Grounds, JSS-SJCE Grounds, Gangothri Grounds, Maharaja’s College Grounds, JSS (Medical) College Grounds, Goutham Hostel Grounds, Manasagangothri Ground (Coffee Board), JSS Dental College Ground and Vidya Vikas College Grounds. (MR)