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MSSA honour kids across 20 disciplines at glittering function

Mumbai Schools Sports Association honour kids across 20 disciplines at glittering function in the city yesterday

The Mumbai School Sports Association (MSSA) hosted its first award ceremony for children across 20 sporting categories at the Shanmukhananda Hall at Sion yesterday.

Cricket coach Ramakant Achrekar been felicitated by MSSA chief Fr Jude Rodrigues
Cricket coach Ramakant Achrekar been felicitated by MSSA chief Fr Jude Rodrigues

Children from various schools across Mumbai, who excelled across all disciplines, were given a plaque and gift voucher of Rs 500.

Mimicry and performing artiste Sanjay Keni kicked off the entertainment bit with his voice over of the famous cartoon characters Oggy and the Cockroaches.

Hockey players are honoured at the Shanmukhananda Hall yesterday
Hockey players are honoured at the Shanmukhananda Hall yesterday

He also had the crowd in splits with his impressions of Bollywood actors Shah Rukh Khan, Sunny Deol, Arshad Warsi and Paresh Rawal.

Comedian Johnny Lever too graced the occasion and also offered encouraging words to the kids.

Badminton stars have their moment in the spotlight with Aparna Popat
Badminton stars have their moment in the spotlight with Aparna Popat

The awards ceremony attracted personalities from the sporting fraternity. India U-19 cricketer Sarfaraz Khan gave away the awards to cricketers.

Former India badminton player Aparna Popat handed the badminton awards, while Indian Super League team Mumbai City FC's forward Abhishek Yadav did the honours for the football category.

Olympian swimmer Virdhawal Khade (green shirt) with the swimmers
Olympian swimmer Virdhawal Khade (green shirt) with the swimmers

MSSA also felicitated former cricket coach Ramakant Achrekar for his contribution to the sport.

Popat praised MSSA's decision to honour the kids: "It's a great initiative. Any type of recognition is important."

Cricketers display their awards during the ceremony
Cricketers display their awards during the ceremony

Fr Jude Rodrigues, president of MSSA, said: "Our General Secretary, Sebastian Fernandes came up with this idea and I took it up as a challenge. It is a move to encourage the children."

Mumbai District Football Association chief Digambar Kandarkar with the throwball stars
Mumbai District Football Association chief Digambar Kandarkar with the throwball stars

Budding footballers with their awards. Pics/Suresh Karkera
Budding footballers with their awards. Pics/Suresh Karkera

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