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Chandigarh to host first sports Lit-fest

IANS  |  Chandigarh 

is all set to host the first literature festival that will bring together personalities who have either written books or have been the subject of one or more books themselves, organisers of the festival said on Monday.

'Play Write 2018', which the organisers claim is India's first of its kind Literature Festival, will be held here on March 17-18.

Among the eminent sporting personalities who will participate in the two-day festival are 106-year-old marathoner Fauja Singh, legend Balbir Singh Sr, the Minerva FC team (which recently won the tournament), Indian women's team, Himanshu and (skiers), Akhil Kumar, golfers Shubhankar Sharma, Ajeetesh Sandhu and Gurbaaz Mann and

"legend Balbir Singh Senior, and Fauja Singh, 106-year-old runner, will be the main attractions at the inaugural ceremony. We plan to make 'Play Write' an annual event," Vivek Atray, of the event told media here on Monday.

Speaking on the upcoming event, said: "Due recognition is like an elixir to a sportsperson. Books about and sportspersons bring well deserved spotlight on them and their achievements, which on one side encourages them to achieve higher levels and on the other inspires the reader to go out and replicate or surpass the achievements of their heroes."

"A specific lit fest, especially in a city like can play a major role in the years to come in ensure that this genre of writing gets the support it deserves," he added.

On the second day of the festival, a special session on 'Khelo India' will be held in which young children will be given basic coaching tips and writers will interact with them, organiser Chitranjan Aggarwal said.

"The Literature festival will feature 10 interesting sessions covering games like hockey, cricket, running, football, boxing, women's and kabaddi etc.

(IPL) franchise Kings XI Punjab players will be part of a session on and champions Minerva will be represented in a discussion on football," Atray said.

has contributed big names to the sporting field -- from the legendary Kapil Dev to southpaw Yuvraj Singh in cricket, international golfers Jeev (son of legendary 'Flying Sikh' Milkha Singh) and Subhankar Sharma, Olympic gold medallist (shooter) Abhinav Bindra, among others.



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First Published: Mon, March 12 2018. 15:14 IST