The NMMC’s two interschool competition for the sports of basketball and chess were held at Vashi. This is the first time that NMMC is got so active and has been organizing these sport events to boost sports in Navi Mumbai. With the aim of promoting sports and games in Navi Mumbai through its platform, the NMMC has been organizing district level competitions for various sports since 2008-09. Known as ‘Navi Mumbai Municipal District Level School’ competitions, the sporting initiative has become popular not only in both private and municipal schools but even city colleges falling in NMMC’s jurisdiction. The sports season for this competition is from July to December. In the course, this week NMMC has organized an Interschool Basketball competition at Fr. Agnel Multipurpose School and Chess competition at Fr. Agnel Engineering College in Vashi. As any other popular sports platform, even this one helps the sports stars in Navi Mumbai to play with their competitions of other schools and colleges and later build on their strengths and work on their weaknesses. The Basketball Tournament has teams of age group of Boys under 14, under 17 and under 19 playing while the children under 12, 14 and under 16 years of age are playing the chess competition. Schools of the city are appreciating the unique initiatives of promoting sports undertaken by NMMC. Students who have a keen interest in these sports work all year long so that they can perform well in these events. While such sports initiatives help young sport stars from Navi Mumbai to perform well in district and state level competition, there is still lot more needed in terms of infrastructure and facilities to train youth for international competitions in sports. With cameraperson Santosh Bodhare, Shilpa Suryawanshi for NMTV News.
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