CHANDIGARH, DECEMBER 2, 2017: Six sports personalities would be awarded during the 27th Kamaljit Khedan 2017, to be held at village Kotla Shahia near Batala (District Gurdaspur) on December 10, 2017. The names of these personalities were announced by Prof Gurbhajan Singh Gill, Chairman, Surjit Sports Association, at a press conference held at Chandigarh Press Club, here today.
The sports personalities to be honoured during 27th Kamaljit Khedan 2017 include former Indian Hockey team captain and Olympian Mr Harpreet Singh Mander who would be awarded with Surjit Memorial Award, Arjuna Awardee Volleyball player Mr Sukhpal Singh Pali with Shaheed Major Vajinder Singh Shahi Punjab Da Gaurav Award, Athletics coach Mr Sukhdev Singh Pannu with Majhe Da Maan award, International Athlete Kulwinder Kaur with Kamaljit Memorial Award, World Youth Athletics Meet Silver medalist Mr Damneet Singh with Harjit Brar Bajakhana Memorial Award, and Sher-E-Punjab Boxing Academy, village Chakar (Ludhiana) with Amarjit Singh Grewal Memorial Award.
The names of these sportspersons were decided during a meeting of the awards committee comprising Surjit Sports Association Chairman Prof Gurbhajan Singh Gill, President Mr Pirthipal Singh, Senior Vice President Mr Navdeep Singh Gill, Prof Surinder Singh Kahlon and Principal Sukhwant Singh Gill.
While addressing the press conference here today, Chairman Prof Gurbhajan Singh Gill informed that 27th Kamaljit Khedan 2017 would be organised at village Kotla Shahia, near Batala (District Gurdaspur) from December 7-10, 2017 and these six sports personalities would be honoured at the award ceremony taking place at 1 pm on December 10, 2017 at Surjit Sports Complex, village Kotla Shahia. These sportspersons would be awarded with a cash prize of Rs 21,000 each along with a citation and a trophy. During this 4-day long mega sporting event, more than 1500 sportspersons from different states of North India would compete against each other in eight different sports disciplines such as Athletics, Football, Hockey, Volleyball, Netball, Kabaddi National Style, Kabaddi Circle Style etc.
He informed that the 27th Kamaljit Khedan 2017 would be inaugurated by Deputy Commissioner Gurdaspur Mr Gurloveleen Singh Sidhu on December 7, 2017, while the Chief Guest on the concluding day (December 10, 2017), would be Rural Development and Panchayats and Water Sanitation Minister Mr Tripat Rajinder Singh Bajwa. He also informed that the prize distribution ceremony would also be attended by country’s first Arjuna Awardee Olympian Athlete Mr Gurbachan Singh Randhawa and former Chief Coach of Indian Boxing Team and Dronacharya Awardee Mr Gurbax Singh Sandhu.
It is pertinent to mention that Kamaljit Khedan is the only mega sporting event of the country where books worth more than Rs 1.5 lakh are given to winners as prizes along with cash prizes. Prof Gurbhajan Singh Gill informed that the main aim of giving books as prizes is because along with sports culture, the Surjit Sports Association also wants to promote book culture in the state.