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  • Sarmad Hafeez gives away medals to winners

SRINAGAR: Secretary, Youth Service & Sports (YSS), Sarmad Hafeez today distributed medals among the winners of District Championship 2018 for Water Sports at water sports centre Nehru Park, here. Around 370 athletes participated in water sports games which include Kayaking, Canoeing, Dragon Boat, Canoepolo on a concluding day today. The championship was organized by J&K State Sports Council. On the occasion, Secretary congratulated the winners and participants as well and said that only winning medals in sports activities is not important but participation is important as well.

 

He said sports teach discipline and help in better channelizing of energy. Sarmad Hafeez said it is for the first time that such a district-level championship was organized which acted a talent hunt which needs to be nurtured and harnessed so that the budding sports persons bring laurels for the state and the country in future competitions.  He appreciated the participation of girls in the championship and assured them of all possible support.

 

He also said that Governors Administration is also taking a slew of measures to upgrade sports infrastructure like constructing Indoor Sports Hall at district levels. He further said that by joint efforts Sports fields will be developed at block and village level as well. Secretary urged upon the organizers that those who ride Shikaras should be involved in the water sports by nurturing their talent as they are familiar with such activities.

 

Director General Sports, Dr Saleem, Secretary State Sports Council, Dr Naseem Javaid Chaudhary, OSD to Advisor K. Vijay Kumar, Anil Sharma, and other officials of the Council and a large number of spectators were present at the event.

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  • 350 players participated for the first day in Kayaking, Canoeing, Dragon Boat and Canoe Polo

SRINAGAR: In a first major step towards popularizing water sports in entire State, first of its kind district level water sports Championship today commenced at Water Sports Centre Nehru Park. 350 players from Anantnag, Pulwama, Bandipora, Ganderbal, Srinagar and some players from Jammu districts of state are taking part. The three day championship will concluded on  20th October 2018.

 

It is pertinent to mention here that water sports is an Olympic discipline sport that has given State, J&K maximum number of national medals has also been the source of livelihood for the players as hundreds of medalists have got Government jobs on the basis of their water sports achievements. Bilques Mir, International Water Sports Coach who is the In charge Water Sports Centre said, “the initiative has been taken place for the first time in the history. Reaching out to districts will identify the best rural talent who will shine at National/International levels.”

 

Pertinently, girls are equally participating in this championship as the player participation ratio remains 50:50. It is expected that more participations will be seen during the two days of the championship. Meanwhile, a large group comprising of more than 3000 spectators surrounded the dal banks to watch the players competing in the games and were seen clapping for the youngsters which also boosted their morale.

 

Secretary, J&K State Sports Council interacted with the players at Nehru Park and encouraged them for the water sports and extended a hand of support in all ways. “The district level championship has been held to nurture the talent at grass-roots and it is happening for the first time where youngsters from various districts are participating in the camp,” said Secretary Sports Council, Dr Naseem Javaid Choudhary.

 

Dr Saleem Ur Rehman, DG Youth Services and Sports graced the occasion as Guest of Honour and Shahid Mahmood, Deputy Director Employment was guest of honour on the occasion. D.G Youth Services and Sports, Dr Saleem Ur Rehman said “It will provide a platform to the budding talents to compete at various levels. Talent identification is a must process for grooming them to achieve excellence at district levels and then same at state and so on.”

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  • Sports key to National integration: DC Kargil

DRASS: A host of sports events under ‘Khelo India’ initiative concluded here today at Horse Polo Ground wherein Deputy Commissioner and CEO, LAHDC, Kargil, Vikas Kundal was the chief guest. Hundreds of students of the sub-division Drass participated in the games competitions in the District Kargil from October 08, 2018. On the occasion, the Deputy Commissioner highlighted the importance of sports in channelizing potential of the youth in a positive direction.   

 

He said that several initiatives are under way to promote the sports activities in the district for which the directions have already been given to the concerned Sports Department and other organizations. Highlighting the importance of the ‘Khelo India’ initiative, the DC said that the aim of launching the scheme in the State is to groom the young talent for national and international level competitions. He said sports play a key role in national integration and help youth to lead a disciplined life.