J&K marching towards revolution in sports sector

J&K marching towards revolution in sports sector

Jammu: With establishment of 22 indoor multi-purpose halls in all 20 districts and construction of 40 state-of-the-art sports grounds to host national level tournaments besides 38 Khelo-India Centers in various disciplines and work on 948 infrastructure projects is underway, the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir is marching towards revolution in the sports sector.
The official spokesman as a performance report being issued by the administration under the title ‘Progressing J&K’ on Wednesday said that the growing sports culture is reflected in the remarkable revolution happening across Jammu and Kashmir in different sports disciplines.
“Remarkably, the UT Government is making dedicated efforts to develop sports infrastructure and engage more youth in sports activities to realize the vision of making J&K- a power house of sporting talent,” said the official.
“In the last three years, the government has ensured unprecedented progress in the establishment of world class infrastructure, career progression as well as the future of the players,” said the spokesman.
He added that the new policies and initiatives of the government have established an enabling environment for sportspersons which was non-existent for the last 70 years.
As many as 22 indoor multi-purpose halls have been set up in all 20 districts of the Union Territory and 40 state-of-the-art sports grounds have been constructed to host national level tournaments.
He said that 38 Khelo-India Centers have also been established in various sports disciplines and presently, work on 948 sports infrastructure projects is underway which are expected to be completed in the financial year.
“Sports gives a new identity to the youth and the Sports Council and the UT administration are ensuring that every player gets an opportunity to play with better infrastructure and earn the identity that of a champion,” said the official.
He added that earlier, merely two to three lakh youth used to get opportunities for participation in sports every year, but J&K Government set a new record and 17.5 lakh youth were provided the opportunity to participate in sporting activities last year.
“The Government has set itself a target of providing sports opportunities to 35 lakh youth,” he added and said that the FIFA standard renovated and upgraded Bakshi Stadium has been dedicated to the young players and play fields have been established in all Panchayats.
Womens’ teams for Rugby, Football, Cricket, Volleyball, Kabaddi and Hockey have been formed in all 20 districts.
To secure career progression of the talented and meritorious sports persons, a new sports policy has been notified and the process of their appointment to government services has been initiated for clearing the backlog from 2014-2021, he said.
My Youth My Pride’ in 22 disciplines in the Kashmir division and 18 in the Jammu division programme turned out to be a solid forum for sportspersons to showcase their talent, he said and added that it has inculcated a winner’s instinct among youth and kindled hopes of an ascent in sporting performance in national and international games.
Notably, the J&K Sports Council has successfully completed many key infrastructure projects which are playing an essential role in training the youth in different sports.
J&K UT has regained the confidence and created an equitable and inclusive sports and recreation culture with modern infrastructure and training which is comparable to the best in the country.
With the help of veteran sportspersons, schools and coaches, the Sports Council is working to ensure the younger generation get to play a variety of sports and everyone has the opportunity to develop a strong skill-set.
It is important to note that the new sports policy is aimed at promoting sports in the UT by developing sports infrastructure and incentivising sportspersons to excel in their respective games.
“The policy incorporates various annual awards like award for excellence in sports for 10 sportsperson, J&K Khel Protsahana Award for sports association, and two veterans/ experienced sportspersons/organisers or referees, Parshuram Award for five best coaches in different disciplines,” he revealed.
The sports policy announces special cash awards to the winners in Olympics, Asian Games, and Commonwealth Games among other tournaments in the range of Rs 1 lakh to Rs 1 crore.
Further, the winners in all recognised national competitions and National School Games in various sports disciplines will be granted specified scholarships.
He said that the special emphasis has also been laid to meet the sporting needs of the specially abled sportspersons through sufficient infrastructure and training facilities.
UNI

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