Government Sports Development Strategic Plan Creating a Strong Sports Culture at J&K: LG
Inaugurates the 6th Senior Asian Pencak Silat Championship in Srinagar
Srinagar: Lt. Governor Manoj Sinha said on Thursday that the ongoing sporting events across Jammu and Kashmir have raised hopes and it is a sign of strong sports culture in the society.
Sinha said this while inaugurating the 6th Senior Asian Pencak Silat Championship to be held in Srinagar. The event brings together more than 150 athletes from different countries, an official press release informed.
He said addressing the gathering, the LG extended his greetings to the sports fraternity members, jury members and welcomed all the guests to enjoy the hospitality and amazing sights of Jammu Kashmir during the wonderful tournament.
“Over the next five days, we will celebrate and honor individual strength and athletic excellence,” LG said.
Sinha observed that the ongoing sporting events across Jammu and Kashmir have raised hopes and it is a sign of strong sports culture in the society.
“Over the past two years, we have formulated and implemented a strategic sports development plan that is paying dividends for us,” he added.
The LG said that better infrastructure along with outstanding experts and coaches have brought about a major change in training programs. “We have also put in place a new sports policy offering attractive career prospects for sportspeople,” he added.
“Our sincere effort is to provide an environment of encouragement and adequate resources so that every talented sportsman can give spectacular performances in national and international events. We are committed to taking all possible measures to develop a strong winning instinct among our athletes,” LG said.
He pointed out that sport is about unifying the spirit of universal harmony and brotherhood.
“This championship should not be seen as an event that is all about winning. Participation in a sportsmanlike spirit is important. As one big, united family, celebrate the success of others as much as you celebrate your own,” he said. he adds.
Noting that Pencak Silat is relatively new in India and was only introduced in 2014, LG said that within a few years Jammu and Kashmir has witnessed an improvement in the performance of our athletes in national events and competitions and have won 540 medals in national events and 17 medals in international events.
Last year, more than 1.7 million children and young people participated in various sporting disciplines and this year that number is expected to exceed 3.5 million. The overwhelming turnout clearly indicates the resurgence of sports in the union territory of Jammu and Kashmir, he added.
Previously, LG has interacted with international Pencak Silat team members from Singapore, Philippines, Vietnam, Kazakhstan, Malaysia, Indonesia, India and Nepal.
Sarmad Hafeez, Administrative Secretary for Youth Services and Sports, in his welcoming address, welcomed the foreign sportsmen and delegates who arrived in Jammu & Kashmir for the championship.
He informed that several measures have been taken at panchayat, block, district and UT level to promote sports, develop sports infrastructure and extend best facilities for sportsmen. He thanked the International Federation and the Indian Federation of Pencak Silat for their support in organizing the championship.
Kishore Prakash Yewela, President of the Indian Pencak Silat Federation; Teddy Surat Madji, Secretary General, International Pencak Silat Federation, Indonesia; Nuzhat Gul, Secretary, J&K Sports Council; Vijay Kumar, ADGP Kashmir; PK Pole, Divisional Commissioner of Kashmir; Mohammad Aijaz, DC Srinagar; Rakesh Balwal, SSP Srinagar, as well as dozens of young sportsmen were present on the occasion.