The ICAR sports tournament for Eastern Zone (TEZ 2016) was successfully organized by the ICAR- National Rice Research Institute, Cuttack during 6 to 9 March, 2017 at the sports complex of the institute. The closing ceremony of TEZ 2016 was graced by Shri Chhabiliendra Roul, IAS, Additional Secretary, DARE and Secretary, ICAR as Chief Guest. Shri Roul hailed the efforts of the institute for organizing the event successfully and appreciated the sportsman spirit shown by all the participants during the tournament. He also declared that the council is planning to organize Sports event as Sports and cultural event in which participants of cultural activities will also be competing with each other.
Dr. Himanshu Pathak, Director, NRRI thanked the Chief Guest, the participants and all the staff of NRRI who contributed towards the successful organization of the tournament. Dr.(Mrs) Jatinder Kishtwaria, Director, ICAR-CIWA, Bhubaneswar and Dr. J.K. Sundaray, Director (Acting), ICAR-CIFA, Bhubaneswar also graced the occasion. The ICAR-NRRI was adjudged the overall champion of the tournament, while the ICAR-IVRI, Izatnagar bagged the runner-up trophy. Mr. Pradeep Parida of ICAR-NRRI was adjudged as the Best Athlete (Men) while Ms. Sibna Mols, ICAR-CIFRI was adjudged as the Best Athlete (Women). A total of 375 participants from thirteen ICAR institutes of Eastern Zone participated in the event.