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Chandigarh to host two-day sports literature festival

Press Trust of India  |  Chandigarh 

is set to host a two-day literature festival, a first of its kind in the northern region, on March 17 and 18.

The 'Play Write 2018' will bring together personalities who have either written books or have been the subject of one of more books themselves, said Vivek Atray, one of the organisers of the event.

He informed that the key speakers during the festival would include world's oldest 106-year old Fauja Singh, legendary Olympian Balbir Singh Sr, Akhil Kumar, skiers Himanshu and among others.

Moderators for different sessions will include writers Khushwant Singh, senior journalists Vijay Lokpally, Novy Kapadia, G Rajaraman, among others.

The sport literature festival will feature 10 sessions covering games like hockey, cricket, marathon, soccer, boxing, women's rugby and kabaddi etc, said Atray.

Addressing the media said, "Books about sports and sports persons bring well deserved spotlight on them and their achievements. It encourages one to achieve higher levels and on the other side inspires the readers to go out and replicate or surpass the achievements of their heroes."

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

A special session on Khelo will also be held in which young children will be given basic coaching tips, said Atray.

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First Published: Mon, March 12 2018. 19:35 IST