Dr. K.N. Raghavan, IRS, Commissioner of Customs, Cochin declared the tournament open in the inaugural function presided over by Dr. Ravishankar C.N., Director, CIFT, Cochin. Speaking on the occasion, Dr. Raghavan opined that sports play an important role in moulding a complete person with a healthy mind and healthy body. While welcoming the participants, Dr. Ravishankar explained about the genesis of ICAR Sports tournaments in the Golden Jubilee Year of ICAR in 1979 when the then Director General of ICAR Dr. M.S. Swaminathan instituted the tournament as per the proposal given by CIFT, Cochin. While offering felicitations, Dr. A. Gopalakrishnan, Director, CMFRI, Cochin hoped that the tournament will set new records. After the oath taking ceremony, Dr. P. Pravin, Organizing Secretary proposed the vote of thanks.
Dr. Raghavan, IRS, Commissioner of Customs hoisting the flag, in presence of Dr. Gopalakrishnan, Dr. Pravin and Dr. Ravishankar
Dr. Raghavan declaring the tournaments open. On the dais are Shri R.C. Sinha, Director, CIFNET, Dr. A. Gopalakrishnan, Director, CMFRI, Dr. C.N. Ravishankar, Director, CIFT and Dr. P. Pravin, Organizing Secretary