J&K now a land of champions: LG Sinha

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SRINAGAR, 03 SEPTEMBER: “Our strong socio-economic growth succeeds in bringing a qualitative change in the sports sector and allows our sportsmen to demonstrate their excellence”, said today the Lieutenant Governor, Manoj Sinha.

“The two biggest challenges for us were a piecemeal approach to sports activities before 2019 and the subsequent disruption caused by the Covid pandemic.

Today, J&K UT has regained confidence and we are creating an equitable and inclusive sports and recreation culture with modern infrastructure and training comparable to the best in the nation,” the Lieutenant Governor said.

Highlighting sporting events organized under “My Youth My Pride” in 22 disciplines in Kashmir Division and 18 disciplines in Jammu Division, the Lieutenant Governor said the program is proving to be a strong forum for athletes to glorify themselves and the community.

“My Youth My Pride is dedicated to advancing the sport by empowering young men and women. He instilled the winning instinct in young people and raised hopes for ascension in athletic performance in national and international games. J&K Sports Council has successfully completed many key infrastructure projects which play a vital role in training young people in different sports. Our athletes lead by example through the continued pursuit of excellence in various disciplines, high levels of athletic ethics in games, and the larger vision to make J&K UT a land of champions,” added Lieutenant Governor .

Commending the efforts of sports associations and the sports council for regular athlete engagement and reviving the culture of night football games in various districts, the Lieutenant Governor said we are proud that thousands of athletes, coaches and sports officials around UT are making valuable contributions and ensuring innovative achievements.

“Gymnastics Academy, Football Academy, Cricket Academy and Water Sports Center have plans to engage around 5,000 young people and children. This gives us hope and confidence that by creating the environment for the young generation, we can produce the best talent and win prestigious sporting honors. Today, our athletes can dream big and achieve their dreams and ambitions,” added the Lieutenant Governor.

The Lieutenant Governor said that by focusing on finding and nurturing talent and building sports academies to achieve excellence, the Sports Council attracts the best and brightest talent. He said that with the help of veteran athletes, schools and coaches, the Sports Council is working to ensure that the younger generation can enjoy a variety of sports and that everyone has the opportunity to develop strong skills.

“We should all make concerted efforts to motivate young people to perform at their best in the games so that J&K UT benefits from a vigorous and vibrant athletic talent pool and sportspeople can become crucial partners in the development journey. “, added the lieutenant-governor.

It is pertinent to mention that during Phase I of “My Youth My Pride”, more than 8.5 Lakh youths from all over UT had participated while 13.74 Lakh youths were engaged in Phase II.

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