*UT is inching closer towards achieving excellence in sports
Excelsior Sports Correspondent
SRINAGAR, June 16: Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha today dedicated ‘Revamped Sher-i-Kashmir Indoor Sports Complex’ at Gogji Bagh, Srinagar to the sportspersons. He also unveiled the calendar of Sports Activities 2022-23 under the “My Youth My Pride” Campaign, on the occasion.
Pertinently, the Indoor Sports Complex which was badly affected during 2014 floods has been modernized with top of the line facilities for sportspersons. Its renovation was completed at a cost of Rs 14.76 crore by the J&K Sports Council under JKIDFC Languishing Projects and has facilities like Multi-activity playing area, Taekwondo hall, Basketball Court, outdoor Gymnasium, besides all other modern amenities.
Speaking on the occasion, the Lt Governor congratulated the winners and participants of the Khelo India Youth Games which recently concluded in Haryana.
“Truly inspired by the heart-warming performance of our athletes in the recently concluded Khelo India Youth Games in Haryana. J&K has improved its medal tally and now our players with a strong winner’s instinct are aiming for gold in upcoming Asian and World Championships”, the Lt Governor said.
Noting that Sports ecosystem in the UT has been made world class under the guidance of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the Lt Governor observed that J&K is inching closer towards achieving excellence in sports. Our promising sportspersons are being given maximum opportunities for training in India and abroad, he added.
The Lt Governor observed that the youth of Jammu and Kashmir now have access to ample opportunities based only on merit and skill with absolute transparency.
He further said that the Government has ensured a secure and attractive career track for medal winners in the National as well as International games.
Speaking on the sports policy rolled out for the overall benefit of sportspersons and securing their future, the Lt Governor said that for the first time after 2014, at least 200 sportspersons will get Government jobs in coming months. Our objective is to create maximum incentives for talented sportspersons, he added.
The Lt Governor further observed that owing to enhanced availability of upgraded sports infrastructure, now notable sporting events are being organized in the UT and our talented youths are getting the opportunity to play as well as learn from the famous players.
“Senior National Archery Championship was held in Jammu in March this year and 1014 female and male players including 50 international level players participated in it. We are all set to organize 16 more national and international tournaments this year on the same grand scale. Soon, National Table Tennis Championship, Senior Volleyball Championship will be organized in this indoor stadium in which our youngsters will get a chance to show their talent and it will also be a great opportunity to learn in the presence of international players”, he added.
The Lt Governor said that more than a dozen schemes are being run under ‘Mission Youth’ to make our youth capable and future ready. At least 5 young boys and girls have become entrepreneurs in every panchayat and are fulfilling their dreams through Mumkin, Rise Together, AVSAR and Tourist Village Network programs.
The Lt Governor congratulated noted sportspersons of Jammu and Kashmir who have brought laurels to the UT at various national and international levels in the last few months. He made a special mention of cricketer Umran Malik; Beijing Olympian, Arif Khan; Wushu Gold Medalist, Sadia Tariq; Cyclist Adil Altaf; Rakshanda Mehak; Rakesh Kumar; Chandeep Singh and footballer Ishan Pandita.
The Lt Governor also called for collective efforts of administration and people to uproot the evil of drugs from the society so that youngsters can channelize their energies and achieve big in life.
“On one hand the government is giving wings to dream of youth while on the other, the enemies of peace are making nefarious attempts to misguide them. I urge our young generation to dedicate themselves in shaping J&K’s future”, the Lt Governor said.
Junaid Azim Mattu, Mayor SMC, while speaking on the occasion, congratulated the sportspersons of the region for the indoor sports facility.
Nuzhat Gul, Secretary, J&K Sports Council, gave a detailed briefing about the achievements made so far, besides various initiatives being taken for promoting sports in the UT.
Young sportspersons demonstrated their skills and abilities in various sports disciplines, besides staging impressive March Past to mark the occasion.
Aftab Malik, DDC Chairman Srinagar; Alok Kumar, Principal Secretary Youth Services and Sports; Pandurang K Pole, Divisional Commissioner Kashmir; Sarmad Hafeez, Secretary to the Government, Tourism Department; Vijay Kumar, IGP Kashmir, Mohd Aijaz, Deputy Commissioner Srinagar, besides senior officers of police and civil administration, prominent sports personalities, budding sportspersons in large numbers were present on the occasion.