Role of JKP in promoting sports commendable: Ganga

Excelsior Sports Correspondent

Winners of ‘Run for Fun’ posing along with the dignitaries at Gulshan Ground in Jammu.
Winners of ‘Run for Fun’ posing along with the dignitaries at Gulshan Ground in Jammu.

JAMMU, Apr 19: Appreciating the role of Jammu and Kashmir Police in promoting sports activities in the State, Minister for Industries and Commerce, Chander Prakash Ganga has said that athletes are gaining more popularity among the people, which is a positive sign for a healthy society.
Minister was speaking at the prize distribution ceremony of Marathon “Run for Fun” organized by Jammu and Kashmir Police at Gulshan Ground here today.
The State level Marathon started from Police Sports Stadium, Gulshan Ground and thousands of men, women and children from different age groups participated in the Marathon.
Largely participated Marathon was the 6th edition in the State which culminated at the venue after passing through various routes and varied distances. People were profusely cheering them while passing through the routes in the city.
The Minister appreciated the contribution of Jammu and Kashmir Police in promoting sports activities in the State. He said that JKP has done outstanding role in maintaining peace in the State. The force has always remained on forefront to safeguard the integrity of nation, ensuring security of the people. Besides its professional duties, the force has also contributed in the sports arena to inspire youth towards sports.
Mr Ganga lauded the efforts of ADGP (Armed), S M. Sahai and his team for conducting the mega event in Jammu City. He said that such activities should be conducted at different levels to hone the budding talent.
In his welcome address, Organizing Secretary, S M Sahai said that JKP has been organizing various sports events in the State under its Civic Action Programme and the people, particularly the youth have shown great interest in these events. He said that the aim behind organizing sports events is to refine sports talent and strengthen bonds with the people.
Mr. Sahai disclosed that JKP is introducing a new sports policy under which various initiatives would be taken to encourage the sports persons to excel at different levels. He said that the policy, when implemented, will bring fruitful results in boosting sports culture. Job opportunities would be created for outstanding sports persons in the organization, he added.
Earlier, in the wee hours, the Marathon of different groups was flagged off by Additional Directors General of Police, S P Vaid, S M Sahai and Dilbag Singh from the venue.
Large number of athletes from different educational institutions of the State, sports bodies, Police, PMF, army, chamber of commerce, media fraternity, besides children and senior citizens joined the Run.
Sanjiv Kumar, Tanvir Hussain, Balvinder Singh, Rajesh Sharma, Amit Sharma, Manan Sofi, Umer Hameed, Zubair Ahmed, Sunny Kumar, Adil Ahmed,  Vikas, Mehraj, Mohammad Asif, Amarjeet, Ashok Kumar, Neelam Singh, Danish Kumar, Ranvir Singh, Sunil Kumar and Chandan Singh were declared winners in men’s category, while Tulsi Pandey, Kritharthi, Sakshi Verma, Damni Sharma, Shama, Shriya Gupta, Gugun, Sapna, Somya, Soniya, Gurpeet Kour, Insha Wadoo, Manpreet Kour, Namrita Katosh and Jaspreet were adjudged winners in women’s category.
In the police and para-military category, Riyaz Ahmed, Narish Kumar, Lavjeet Singh, Parshotam Kumar, Mohammad Rafiq, Anil Singh, Zaffar Ali, Lal Singh, Imtiyaz and Mehraj-ud-din were declared winners.
The winners were   awarded cash prizes and certificate of participation by the chief guest.
Among others, the function was attended by Deputy Chairman, Legislative Council, Jehangir Mir, MLC, Romesh Arora IsGP, Dr. B.Srinivas, AK Choudhary, Yoginder Koul, MA Khan, Danish Rana, SA Watali and MA Ganaie, DIsGP, Shakeel Ahmed Beig and Parminder Singh, Commandants of Armed/IRP Battalions and other police officers.

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