58th National School Gymnastics Competition 2012-13 at Balewadi, Pune from 10th Dec 2012 to 14th Dec 2012
December 10, 2012

Opening Ceremony

The opening ceremony for the 58th National School Gymnastics Competition 2012-13 started at 10 am on 10th December 2012 at Shiv Chhatrapati sports Complex, Mahalunge-Balewadi, Pune. Mr. Pankaj Kumar (IAS Officer and Commissioner of Sports and Youth Affairs, Maharashtra State), Mr. Janak Tekale (Deputy Director, Directorate of Sports & Youth Services), Mr. Murthy (School Game Federation India Observer – SGFI) and Mr. Narendra Sopal (Joint Director of Sports and Youth, Affairs Maharashtra) honored the ceremony with their presence.

The proceedings combined the formal and ceremonial opening of this National sporting event, including welcoming speeches and the parade of athletes, with an artistic spectacle to showcase the nation’s talent in the sport at the school level. The 58th National School Gymnastics Competition was formally opened by Mr. Pankaj Kumar and Mr. Murthy.

The Oath-taking Ceremony was conducted by Rucha Devakar (International Player from Maharashtra State) where an estimated 1200 participants from 21 different states of India took the oath with her, promising no illegal activities or performance enhancing drugs will be taken during the competition.

The principal sections of the artistic display during the ceremony represented India’s youth doing well in sport of Gymnastics. A demonstration of gymnastics for this auspicious opening ceremony was given by Maharashtra gymnasts. An outstanding performance given by Pawan Raj Patil, who performed Floor Exercises, Rohit Patil who performed on the Pommel Horse, Vinayak Oyat who performed on the Horizontal Bars, Sharradha Talekar who performed on uneven bars. Bombay Engineering Boys gave an excellent Aerobatics Group show and Girls from Mumbai performed Rhythmic Gymnastics using apparatus such as hula hoops, balls and ribbons.

Post these wonderful performances, Mr. Pankaj Kumar, Mr. Janak Tekale and Mr. Murthy gave inspiring speeches for the young sports crowd present at the event. The crowd was enthralled by the amazing performance by these young gymnasts and to hear the dignitaries speak during this opening ceremony.

More photos of the Opening Ceremony are available at http://www.facebook.com/SquareOffSports



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