New Delhi: The Department of Sports announced today that it organised 9 events in the month of January 2020 under the Ek Bharat Shreshtha Bharat (EBSB) Programme in various parts of the country to promote the spirit of national integration through sports. Championship events were organised in indigenous sports disciplines of tug of war, sqay, kalarippayattu, shooting ball, and olympic sport handball for both girls and boys, with the unique concept of fielding paired State teams. The winning team of zonal championship qualify for the finals. Till 31 January, the Department of Sports conducted 9 events across the country, with the participation of around 1,200 players.
An inauguration and closing ceremony were performed for each of the events in which local children performed welcome songs and folk dances.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi had mooted the idea of a cultural connect between different regions during the Rashtriya Ekta Divas held in 2015. The broad objectives of Ek Bharat Shrestha Bharat include celebrating the unity in diversity of the nation and promoting the spirit of national integration through engagement between all states and union territories.
An activity calendar for each pair is prepared through mutual consultation, paving the way for a year long process of mutual engagement. The current pairings will continue till June this year. After the creation of the Union Territory of Ladakh, it has been paired along with Jammu & Kashmir with Tamil Nadu. Punjab has been paired with Andhra Pradesh, Uttarakhand with Karnataka, Himachal Pradesh with Kerala, Delhi with Sikkim, and Rajasthan with Assam.