Lt Governor Manoj Sinha, Union MoS Kiren Rijiju inaugurate Khelo India Centre of Excellence “Water Sports Academy” at Nehru Park.

J&K best in the country in terms of modern water sports equipment:

Lt Governor“J&K sportspersons are brand ambassadors of India’s growing strength, development and peace”, says the LGState-of-the-Art Centre of Excellence to give wings to the potential of local athletes:

Lt GovernorWomen Football league in offing to promote sports among women folks in the region:

Union MoS Kiren Rijiju•

Around 8500 players estimated to participate in the upcoming Premier League in four disciplines•

15 lakh youth to be engaged in various sports disciplines•

Water Sports Centre coming up at Ranjit Sagar Dam, Kathua

Lieutenant Governor, Manoj Sinha, along with Union Minister of State (I/C) for Youth Affairs and Sports, Sh. Kiren Rijiju today inaugurated Khelo India Centre of Excellence, “Water Sports Academy” at Nehru Park in world-famous Dal Lake.Speaking on the occasion, the Lt Governor expressed his gratitude towards Shri Kiren Rijiju and thanked GoI, for adopting the Water Sports Centre as Khelo India Centre of Excellence.

The inauguration of the Khelo India Centre of Excellence is a moment of great happiness as the state-of-the-art centre of Excellence would give wings to the potential of many athletes. It is because of the immense potential of local athletes that the Central Government decided to develop this Water Sports Centre under Khelo India Centre of Excellence Scheme, said the Lt Governor.

Dedicating the Water Sports Centre of Excellence to public, the Lt Governor observed that the new facility will add another feather to the already existing infrastructure of water sports. The aim of Khelo India is to covert the basic structure of sports centres into a state-of-the-art sports facility with modern equipment, top-class coaches so that in the next 10 years, India would reach top ranks in Olympics, he added.

The Lt Governor said that the second Water Sports Centre is coming up at Ranjit Sagar Dam in Kathua to promote water sports in Jammu division, and hoped that it would also be adopted as the Khelo India Centre of Excellence.J&K is best in the country in terms of modern water sports equipment. Last year, we launched International Standard Water Sports Equipment which will enable the athletes from the region to improve their performance and show great results in the national and international competitions, added the Lt Governor.

Terming sports activities and their promotion as an important tool for social change, the Lt Governor called upon the sportspersons to be the ambassadors of the country and its development.“Jammu and Kashmir sportspersons are the brand ambassadors of India’s growing strength, its soft power, and the ambassadors for development and peace. As a symbol of youth power, our players are giving the message of peace and progress. Our water sports athletes will work towards peace, progress, and social harmony with this spirit”, observed the Lt Governor.

Highlighting the measures taken by the Government for the promotion of sports in the region, the Lt Governor said that last year, despite the challenges of the Corona epidemic, a number of sports tournaments were held, following all protocols, to provide a platform for the talents in our UT.We are aiming to provide high standard training to young boys and girls of Jammu and Kashmir in all 53 disciplines of Olympic Games this year. At least 15 lakh youth of J&K would get opportunities to participate in various sports activities, observed the Lt Governor.

Around 8500 players are estimated to participate in the upcoming Premier League in four disciplines – Football, Kabaddi, Volleyball and Hockey, he added.Underscoring the significance of Monitoring and Mentoring in water sports, the Lt Governor remarked that “Our responsibility in water sports is not limited to just providing resources but constant monitoring, world-class training and evaluation should also be done, with research activities added to it.

Nature has endowed Jammu and Kashmir with a number of lakes and rivers and our athletes have taken full benefit of it. Our Athletes winning more than 100 medals at National level in last three years itself speaks about the kind of talent and ability they possess, he added.Open water is a highway to adventure, best traveled by a Kayak. Many of our young sportspersons of Canoeing and Kayaking have proven their mettle at the International platforms. Renowned sportsperson and famous kayaking and canoeing coach Ms. Bilquis Mir is a source of inspiration for young sportspersons. She has made the nation proud at many national and international events. With the coming up of Centres of Excellence, more such examples would come up, said the Lt Governor.

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