Mangaluru: It was a day when journalists, reporters, photographers, cameramen and others in the field of media, kept aside their pens and note books, their cameras and laptops and just decided to engage themselves strictly in some sports and games activities. Dakshina Kannada Working Journalists’ Union in association with Mangalore Press Club organized its Annual sports meet for the scribes at the Nehru Maidan, here on January 24, so that they could unleash their hidden sports talents.
Arif Padubirdi welcomed the gathering. The sports meet was inaugurated by the deputy commissioner A B Ibrahim by lighting the traditional lamp along with the President of Sports promoters Club, Sadananda Shetty and Ekalavya Sports Award winner Bhasker Thokkuttu. Later all the guests released tri-colour balloons in the air.
Addressing the journalists DC Ibrahim said, “Journalists work 24X7 to give news to the readers but today all the journalists have gathered here to take part in the sports meet. This is to break the monotony as well as to test their own skills”. He further said that it is very easy to criticise when there is any programme or delay in starting the programme. When organizing the programme we need a lamp, chairs, lights, people to come and many more. But today when you have organized the sports meet, you will understand how difficult it is to organize and how much efforts have to be put. Let such programmes go on every three months so that all the journalists come together and meet each other”.
Sadananda Shetty and Bhaskar Shetty also wished the Journalists all the best. Various competitions like ice cream eating, Banana eating, lemon in the spoon, slow bike race, musical chair, Chakkuli eating, cricket and running race were also held.
The prize distribution ceremony was held in the evening. Police commissioner Chandra Sekhar was the chief guest. Addressing the Journalists Chandra Sekhar said, “Sports meet or cultural programmes are very much required to relieve stress because journalists work 24X7. In the police department also we hold sports meet but now it become ceremonial. Seeing your sportsmanship I feel that this is real sportsman spirit, in uniform service, the sports meet should be in a grand manner. we need to have a sportsmeet taking some amount of enthusiasm from you. I hope my tenure goes well and when I handover my charge to some one else it will be a good period. I need all your co-operation”, he said.
He further said, “Press and police have mixed relationship, I don’t say it is always adverse relationship, in some cases we may hide some issues from the media but we should co-operate with each other. Being a communal sensitive place I request you not to mention the community when there is some communal violence, consider the sensitivity while reporting”.
Speaking on the occasion MCC Commission Dr Gopalkrishna said that journalists work 24X7 throughout the year without any break but today they have come out from their work to take part in the sports meet and relieve themselves from their stress. It is like recharging the battery so that they can work for one more year without any stress.
He further said that winning and losing is the part of the game and whoever loses should not be disheartened but take it as a`step towards success. He also said that media is the fourth pillar of democracy. Recalling his childhood days Gopalkrishna said, “When I was small my father used to bring a newspaper everyday and he would take one hour to read it, only after that we would get the paper for reading. But now the newspapers are losing importance because of the electronic media where the news is being published immediately. While concluding he said that, journalists should join hands for the development of the society.
Pusparaj Jain and Manohar Prasad also spoke on the occasion. Prizes were distributed to the winners. Ronald Fernandes, Anand Shetty, Jagannath Shetty Bala and others were also present. Kiran Sirsikar delivered the vote of thanks.