He said that sports not only helped in building up stamina but also taught students that the game ought to be played according to rules and regulations. Moreover, it would inculcate in them a sense of tolerance and nurture team spirit, he added.
Chinarajappa said that involvement in sports and games, would improve mental ability, and increase concentration, which in turn would lead to better academic performance. Education should be holistic so as to foster moral, spiritual, intellectual and physical excellence among students, he added.
He also called upon the college managements to encourage sports among girl students. He said health is wealth and needs to be maintained. Earlier, the Deputy Chief Minister unfurled the national flag. Executive Director, Garwood Centre for Corporate Innovations, University of California, Berkeley, Solomon Darwin unfurled the sports flag. Rajanagaram MLA Pendurthi Venkatesh declared youth festival open by releasing balloons into the air.