Srinagar: Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha on Wednesday said the day is not far when we will see the youth of Shahr-e-Khas representing the country in Olympics and earning a new identity of heroes and the respect for J&K and the country.
“Several youngsters from Downtown Srinagar have proved their mettle in International Championships.,” Lt Governor said during the inauguration of the Ellahi Bagh Indoor Sports Stadium constructed at a cost of Rs 4 Cr under the Prime Minister’s Development Package in downtown Srinagar.
Congratulating the locals, especially the youth for the new sports facility, the Sinha said the Shahr-e-Khas area has evolved as a hub of sporting activities, with youngsters determined to achieve glory in sports.
“I was told by local people that for the first time in 75 years any head of the state visited downtown Srinagar. They said many areas were known for the wrong reasons. But, I believe downtown Srinagar has shed its past and it is now a new address of Indian Sporting Heroes,” Sinha said.
The Lt Governor said: “In the last two years, downtown has witnessed a massive rise in the number of sports being played and a large number of youth pursuing sports professionally.”
He appreciated the Jammu and Kashmir Sports Council for preparing and handing over the Ellahi Bagh Indoor Sports Stadium in record time and extended his best wishes to all the players.
“Opportunities in sports come knocking if the players are receptive, determined and motivated. You get life only once, do something that everyone remembers. Change your life and contribute to nation building.
“Total 12 sports fields, mini-stadiums in different areas of downtown Srinagar have been upgraded by J&K Sports Council with world class amenities to nurture young talents. Determination of downtown youth to see the tricolor fly high has revived the legacy of football & other games,” Lt Governor added.
He said all sports persons have the potential to become like Saqib Farooq, Rabia Farooq, Toria Gulzar, Tajim Fayaz, Soliha Yusuf and Farhan Ganai and bring laurels to the nation.
Sinha asked the youth to take the inspirations from champions like Sadia Tariq, Shaukat Ahmed & Danish Farooq and dedicate themselves in their respective sports discipline.