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Maharashtra sports para meet in January

The Maharashtra Para Sports, a meet for young para athletes, is to be held here from January 26 to 28.

The meet, a first-of-its kind, is being supported by the Sports Authority of India and the Government of Maharashtra and hosted by the suburban Khar Gymkhana, it was announced on Friday.

Events are to be conducted for boys and girls in the under-12, under-15, under-18 and over-18 age categories in eight individual and two team sports.

Competitions would be held in badminton, chess, carrom, tennis, table tennis, squash, swimming and karate (individual events) along with box cricket and rink football (team events).

The meet’s organising secretary, Amit Modi, said invitations for the event have been sent to 500 schools.

“We have also planned to visit the rural areas personally to invite them for the Maharashtra Para Sports,” he said.

The meet is being planned annually with an “objective to start para sports development from the grass-root levels,” he added.

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