Madikeri: Paikera Cricket Cup 2017 got underway on Friday. Adi Chunchanagiri Mutt pontiff Shambhunatha Maha Swamiji, who was present at the launch, said the cricket festival did a valuable service to the culture.
Union Minister of Statistics and Programme Implementation DV Sadananda Gowda, who inaugurated the cup, said sports promoted social harmony and discipline. He called upon sportspersons to make good use of the opportunity.
JD(S) state unit chief HD Kumaraswamy said the state could produce world-class talent if government gave more encouragement.
Virajpet MLA K G Bopaiah released an app of Paikera Cup.