Kolkata: K C Mahindra Invitation School Regatta begins at Lake Club
Earlier the school meet , which is only of its kind in the country, was inaugurated by former state Urban Development Minister Firhad Hakim in the presence of Secretary of Bengal Olympic Association Chandan Roy Chowdhury, Lake Club president Dr. Shyamal Mukherjee, Joint Secretaries Subrata Guha and Debabrata Dutta , Convenor of the meet Kalyan Sarangi and Lake Club Captain of Boats Arup Chakrabarty.
Inaugurating the meet Hakim said the passion for rowing is gaining popularity in the country which is evident from the fact that India is also competing in rowing event in forthcoming Rio Olympics.
He urged school rowers to take up rowing seriously so that they can also represent the country in the days to come.
Regatta convenor Kalyan Sarangi informed that one major highlight of this year's school meet is that a number of teams from districts like both the Midnapores , 24 Parganas, Hooghly and Birbhum are competing in the meet.
"These school rowers were provided all necessary training and other facilities by the club free of any charge," Sarangi said.
In the first race of the day, Tirthapati Boys took the lead from the beginning and beat Hurtleys H S easily.
The other race saw experienced Ashok Hall proved far too superior against National High School for Girls.
About fifty schools from Kolkkata and several other districts are participating in this week-long meet.
The final will be held on May 28 next.
(Reporting by Manik Banerje)