Paradi: The 42nd All India Major Ports Athletics Meet and 30th Children Athletics Meet jointly organised by the Major Ports Sports Control Board and the Paradip Port Sports Council kicked off at Gopabandhu Stadium, here on Thursday.

Around 250 participants from 8 major ports of India are participating in 125 events in the sports extravaganza.

Parsdip Port Trust chairman Rinkesh Roy was and Paradip Ladies Club president Subhalaxmi Roy inaugursted the two Meets.

Taking the salute in the march past by participants, Roy said that, it is important to oganise such events, as these ensure a feeling of good camaraderie and brotherhood among Major Ports. Identity of an organisation comes from such type of arrangements, as they keep one’s flag flying high. It encourages true sportsman spirit, he added.

Secretary of organising committee, B. Sikdar, vice-chairman of organising committee Deepak Rath and chairman of organising committee S.K. Mishra also spoke on the occasion.

PPT Sports Council secretary Ranjan Rashmi Beura and advisor Rabi Das conducted the programme.

On the occasion, students of Saraswati Shishu Vidya Mandir and artistes from Sagarika Kala Niketan presented cultural programme.