· First match of the Championship held between host LPU and LNIPE University Gwalior
·Talented 224 women players from 16 Indian Universities who remained at first four positions in four zones are contending for lifting Overall Championship Trophy
· In all 32 matches will be played at two hand-ball courts of LPU
Jalandhar: All India Inter University Women Handball Championship 2017-18 declared open today at Lovely Professional University. Talented 224 women players from 16 Indian Universities, who remained at first four positions in four zones, have started displaying their excelling hand-ball skills for lifting Overall Championship Trophy. Started from today, in all 32 matches will be played at two hand-ball courts of LPU, as per schedule and fixtures drawn by Association of Indian Universities (AIU). First match of the Championship for Pool D was held between host LPU and LNIPE University Gwalior, where LPU stood winner by beating LNIPE by 17 to 14 goals. The “divings” made by LPU players to score the goals remained highlight of the day.
For another match of the day for Pool C, which had to be played between BHU Varanasi and Kannur University Kannur, BHU got walk over win as Kannur team did not report. Similarly, six other matches were also held on the inaugural day for four pools between LN Mithila University Darbhanga & Kakatiya University Warangal; HP University Shimla & University of Rajasthan Jaipur; Mahatma Gandhi University Kottayam & TM University Bhagalpur; Punjabi University Patiala & MGS University Bikaner; Punjab University Chandigarh & RTMN University Nagpur; and, between Durg University Chhattisgarh & Calicut University Kerala. During all matches, attackers, throwers, defenders, goalkeepers revealed international level skills. Knock out matches for quarter finals, semi finals, hard line match and finals will commence from 8th January 2018 onwards.
LPU Director General Er HR Singla declared the championship open and motivated all of the women-players and other participants at the championship to show their handball skills to the world. He also congratulated LPU Dean, Division of Student Welfare, Dr Sorabh Lakhanpal and Deputy Director Sports Dr V Kaul and their team for undertaking challenging jobs of organizing such mega events in a row without any sign of tiredness. AIU Observer Principal Amarjeet Singh Gill informed that entire handball is considered the fastest game of the world and it has great national and international opportunities for the players. Mr Gill also appreciated the organizing potentialities of LPU and appealed to keep on supporting the sports on more of such bigger platforms.
Captain of LPU team Harsimrat Kaur shared: “I and my team members are very happy to be a part of the game as it is progressing day by day and is recognized world-wide. We want to work so hard for this game that we may be able to represent Indian team on international level. We know that International Handball Federation (IHF) organizes world championships, with separate competitions for men and women. It is composed of continental federations-Asian, African, Pan-American, European and Oceania Handball Federations-which keep on organizing continental championships. Our mentors at LPU train us on international level, and now through LPU and India, we too want to hold ‘World Handball Championship’ title as women players of France are holding at present.”
Results: LPU won by 17-14 against LNIPE (Lakshmibai National University of Physical Education)
Punjab University, Chd won by 33-22 against RTMNU (Rashtrasant Tukadoji Maharaj Nagpur University)
MG University, Kottayam won by 16-8 against TM Bhagalpur University
BHU got walk over win against Kannur University