Sports has power to bind all: Secretary Gul

Excelsior Sports Correspondent

SRINAGAR, May 18: The sports fields in J&K remained abuzz with activities both organized by J&K Sports Council and local clubs with a greater number of players adding to the aggregate of participants.
The number of activities held under ‘My Youth My Pride’ module at Polo Ground Srinagar, today. The activities included Pencak Silat, Judo, Taekwondo, Kabaddi, and Rugby. The Sports Officer of Kashmir, Nuzhat Farooq presided over the function as the chief guest.
The event kicked off with a nail-biting Kabaddi match between J&K Police and ACME Sports Academy which the former won by a score of 23:19. In the Handball match played between J&K Police and Al-Murad Baramulla, J&K Police triumphed with the scoreboard reading 31:25 in their favour. Khelo India Girls team got better of Hoopstar Club by a narrow margin of 15:13 points in the Basketball clash. In another encounter in the same discipline which went down to the wire, the Khelo India Center Boys emerged as the winner over their opponents MET Warriors by a score of 53-:8.
Meanwhile, District Anantnag Rugby Championship-2023 was held at Delhi Public School, Anantnag in which more than 200 participants of different age groups from different areas of district Anantnag participated.
Apart from the regular coaching and training classes, various sports activities are taking place under floodlights to further the scope of sports in J&K.
Speaking on the sidelines of the events, Secretary Sports Council, Nuzhat Gull said that sports is emerging as the prime choice for the recreation of youth. The visuals from district Shopian in South Kashmir the other day where participants swelled in large numbers in the district stadium under Nasha Mukt Bharat campaign makes one realize the power of sports which binds all, she added.
Meanwhile, early in the morning a meeting convened by Ashok Singh Sports Officer pertaining to smooth functioning of Khelo India State Centre of Excellence in Fencing was held in the meeting hall of MA Stadium Jammu. The selected athletes along with their parents, and KISCE staff was part of the meeting during which performance of each player was analyzed besides providing a weekly training schedule and stressing upon the punctuality for higher performance.
The participants were apprised about the guidelines of the programme besides discussion on hostel facilities and school admissions.
Pertinently the KISCE is an inhouse training facility where all the expenses of boarding and lodging of selected candidates including education is borne by the government.