Extremely unfortunate state of affairs with regard to sports facilities in J&K

*HC seeks report from concerned officials

Excelsior Sports Correspondent

Srinagar, Dec 10: High Court has directed the authorities to inform it about the sports facilities available in the State.
Taking suo moto cognizance of various news report, the Court said these reports depict an extremely unfortunate state of affairs with regard to facilities of sports in the State.
Court directed the authorities to prepare a list of the available training facilities and other sports facilities in the State. “As well as the availability of the equipment for the various sports in the State and circulate the list to the various sports federations including those impleaded as respondents herein”, DB directed.
Counsels appearing for the State prayed for a short adjournment to place an action plan setting out the objectives, steps to be taken and the time lines for implementation which the court granted and fixed the hearing of the matter on December 17 for further consideration.
Court said the fact which has been brought to it and the reports of various news papers speak volumes about the lack of availability of necessary infrastructure and opportunity for the children to participate in sports and compete even in National School Games.
“This report by itself highlights the imperative need for ensuring that infrastructure for sports and opportunities for the children and youth are provided at the earliest”, court recorded the order.
Court has also taken another report on record whereby Advisor to Governor stated to have said “will take sports to next level in JK”.
Court said, this report refers to several steps which have been proposed since our last order to the State Government regarding sports facilities.
Court also directed Amicus Curiae to reach out to the Pullela Badminton Academy (created by Pullela Gopichand), Prakash Padukone Badminton Academy, Mary Com Boxing Academy and Tejpal Dhaliwal Basketball Academy to suggest the manner in which these games can be encouraged in the State of Jammu & Kashmir.
“Their assistance for developing facilities and training in their sport in J&K be requested. The Amicus Curiae may contact these academies telephonically and forward copies of the orders of this court to them and request them if they could respond before the next date of hearing”, read the order.