ABOUT CHHATTISGARH HANDBALL ASSOCIATION - AN OVERVIEW
The pioneers of Handball Game in estwhile Madhya Pradesh were Late. Shri R.A. Christy, Shri N. Umapati Rao, Shri M.S. Das, Shri Bashir Ahmed Khan (Vishwamitra Awardee) and Shri S.S. Chauhan who were instrumental in spreading the seeds of this versatile sport in this region which produced good results at the National scene. At this juncture we can hardly afford to by pass the contribution of Steel plant Sports Board for grooming the handball players who dominated the national handball for more than a decade thus giving an identity of leading Handball Center of India. That was perhaps the reason which paved the way for formation of NHA at Bhilai under the budgetary and administrative support of SAIL and performance of NHA is well conspicuous. Being amongst the best handball centres of India, Bhilai (Chhattisgarh) players used to participate in all National level competitions under the banner of M.P. Handball Association in undivided M.P. Hence Chhattisgarh Handball Association was formed in 2001 after formation of Chhattisgarh State. The Association is Registered with Govt. of Chhattisgarh and his registration No. : 5017, Dated : 11.08.1998, Registered Office : Qr. No.- 14/B, Street- 22, Sector-1, Bhilai (C.G.) – 490 001, Ph. No. : 0788-2858935, Telefax : 0788-2223033 and the association also affiliated with Handball Federation of India, Jammu and Chhattisgarh Olympic Association.
The creation of Chhattisgarh State in Nov. 2001 not only gave socio-economic and administrative advantage to the people of the region, but it was also a gift to the sports fraternity of this state for their participation in all National events under the banner of Chhattisgarh State. Many State Association were formed and Chhattisgarh Handball Association was one of them to look after the affairs of Handball in this State under the aegis HFI. Shri Mukesh Gupta IPS.(I.G.Police), Durg Range; Shri M.P. Verma, Industrialist, and Shri Bashir Ahmed Khan (Asstt.Mgr, Bhilai Steel Plant) are its founder President, Working President and Secretary respectively. Later, the CHA blossomed under the dynamic leadership of Dr. S.K. Raju, IAS (presently Spl.Secretary, Health & Jt.Commissioner Rural Development, Govt. of Punjab), who became the President of Chhattisgarh Handball Association was also the Vice President of Handball Federation of India. At present Dr. Rajesh Mishra, IPS,(I.G.Police), Director Public Prosecution, CG Govt. is heading the Association. The Chhattisgarh Handball Association has created many records and players affiliated to it have added many feathers in the cap of sports achievements of Chhattisgarh State. CHA is affiliated to Handball Federation of India, Chhattisgarh Olympic Association and Directorate of Sports & Youth Welfare, Chhattisgarh Govt.