‘J&K creating space on country’s sports map’

Rajesh Dhar
JAMMU, June 22: The State of Jammu and Kashmir, which has been striving hard to create a niche in the field of sports, has finally succeeded in crafting a space on the country’s sports map by attaining 15th spot with respect to winning medals at the national scene, specifically in National School Games.
This was expressed by Jaipal Singh, Director Youth Services and Sports, J&K while talking to Excelsior after attending the meeting of School Games Federation of India (SGFI) at Delhi.
He said that J&K sportsmen have been performing well in various disciplines of sports at the National Level from last few years and have been winning medals in most of them. “The medal winning disciplines included wushu, taekwondo, gymnastics, roller-skating, judo, thang-ta etc”, the Director added.
The Director Sports further said that despite creating space on the country’s sports map, there is lot of scope to improve the standard of sports in the State and enhance the quality of sportspersons as there are comparatively some smaller States, which are at the top, adding that J&K has no dearth in sporting talent and what is needed is to provide ample opportunity to sportspersons to hone their skill and talent.
“Government is very keen to promote sports and games in the State and for that very reason the Jammu and Kashmir hosted six national level events in the last season. However, to produce quality sportspersons, an International standard sports infrastructure, especially sports academies need to be developed. The Sports Ministry has already taken steps with regard to development of such infrastructure in the State”, Jaipal Singh opined.
Referring to his and Deputy Director Youth Services and Sports, Ashok Kumar’s recent nomination in School Games Federation of India (SGFI), Jaipal Singh said that election of members from Jammu and Kashmir in the National Federation is a step forward in promoting sports and games in the State.
The Director Sports, however, advised the budding sportspersons and their parents for not falling prey to cheaters, who organize activities for vested interests and leave the sportspersons in the lurch.

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