Pune – To mark its 25th year, Symbiosis Sports Centre (SSC) organised an award ceremony ‘Symbiosis Adarsh Krida Sanstha Award’ on February 22, 2018 at 4pm at Symbiosis Vishwabhavan Auditorium, SB Road.
Shri Sharad Pawar, Former- Minister of Agriculture, Government of India was the Chief Guest. Other dignitaries who were present Dr. S.B. Mujumdar, Founder and President, Symbiosis, Dr Vidya Yeravdekar, Principal Director, Symbiosis, Dr A. V. Sangamnerkar and Dr S. S. Thigale, Hon. Director, Symbiosis Sports Centre.
Symbiosis Adarsh Krida Sanstha Award’ and a cash of Rs 25,000 was presented to five prominent sports centres in Pune-
Sanmitra Sangh -Haribhau Sane Krida Sankul
Nav Maharashtra Sangh
Dajisaheb Natu Badmintion Promotion Foundation
Sakhlipir Talim Rashtriya Maruti Mandir
Also, India’s first Paralympics gold medalist, Pune’s Murlikant Petkar who was conferred recently, with ‘Padma Shri’ was felicitated
Dr S. S. Thigale, Hon. Director, Symbiosis Sports Centre in his welcome address highlighted the details of the event and the scrutiny team who contributed in a big way to shortlist the five centres.
While addressing the gathering Dr. S.B. Mujumdar, Founder and President, Symbiosis, said, “SSC was established with the sole purpose to encourage children below 14 years to actively participate in sports like table-tennis, chess, badminton and skating amongst others. Over the years, the centre has organized a number of tournaments and competitions alongwith sports related educational lectures delivered by stalwarts from the industry.
Shri Sharad Pawar, Former- Minister of Agriculture, Government of India, appreciated the efforts put in by Symbiosis Society and SSC in felicitating sport centres of such rich history. “I have been associated with most of the centres in my former days as a Sports Minister. Some centres were established 100 years back, and I have too many memories associated with them. I am glad that the award wasn’t given to a person but to the organization. This shows the value and efforts a centre puts in to make a sports star.
“The value of Padma Shri title has increased since it was conferred upon Murlikant Petkar,” he concludes.