2nd edition of Open Sea Swimming contest registers record participation

Report by: 
ROOPA LALL
Port Blair
8 May 2017

It was fun and frolic in the air when a large gathering of participants converged at Aberdeen Jetty on Saturday to participate in the 2nd edition of Open Sea Swimming Contest organized by the Directorate of Sports & Youth Affairs, A&N Administration in association with the State Sports Council. The Lt. Governor, A & N Islands, was the chief guest of the event, which was flagged off by the Chief Secretary, Mr Anindo Majumdar from Ross Island. The Principal Secretary (Sports), Mr Raajiv Yaduvanshi, PBMC Chairperson, Mr B. Eswar Rao, Adhyaksh, ZPSA, Mr Jaydeep Kumar Dey, Inspector General of Police, A&N Police, Mr N.S. Bundela, Secretary (Law), Mr Pradip Banerjee, other senior officers of the local administration and a massive gathering of people witnessed the event.
In the 12-16 years category (boys) - Didicus Frankline, L. Fertinent and Resanth from Andaman Nicobar Sports Academy (ANSA) bagged the first, second and third positions with cash prizes of Rs. 15000, Rs. 10,000 & Rs. 5000, medals and certificates respectively.  In the 12-16 years category (girls) –Irene Rachel Raji, Jasleen Kaur Bhora, Taran Deep Kaur Bhora secured the first, second and third positions with cash prizes of Rs. Rs. 15000, Rs. 10,000 and Rs. 5000, medals and certificates respectively.
In the women’s (open) above 16 years category, the sister duo hailing from the Karen community of Karmatang village, Mayabunder, Naw Absha and Naw Ancia bagged the first and second positions with cash prizes of Rs. 15000 and Rs. 10000, medals and certificates respectively.  In the above 50 years category, Mr S.K. Roy, Mr Mohd. Rafi and Mr Mohammed Ali secured the first, second and third positions with cash prizes of Rs. 15000, Rs. 10000 and Rs. 5000, medals and certificates respectively.  In the men’s (open) above 16 years category - Shri Mantosh Roy, Shri Sukdev Das and Shri Himanshu K. Rout secured the first, second and third position with cash prizes of Rs. 15000, Rs. 1000 and Rs. 5000, medals and certificates respectively. All the three winners are from 154 Infantry Battalion (TA) Bihar.
In his address, Prof. Mukhi eulogised the spirit of sportsmanship and courage displayed by the participants for successfully completing the 1.5 km and lauded the Department of Sports & Youth Affairs and State Sports Council for organizing the event in a well-planned manner. He also directed the Department of Sports to ensure that swimming activities are encouraged among islanders and encourage even participants from the mainland. The Lt. Governor and other dignitaries also handed over the cash prizes, medals and certificates to the winners of various categories and presented a special Certificate of Honour and medal to the oldest participants from above 50 years category, Mr Biswanath Nandi, 75.
The Chief Secretary congratulated the Department of Sports & Youth Affairs, State Sports Council and the stakeholders viz. A&N Police, Naval Wing, Coast Guard, Fisheries Department, APWD, IP&T, DHS, A&N Islands AIDS Control Society, Forest Department, A&N Diving Association for ensuring smooth and successful conduct of the event.