Sets a target of 7.50 lakh youth participation through various initiatives
JAMMU, 29 April: The J&K Sports Council spares no effort to wean the youths from anti-social activities by engaging them in various sports activities through its district-level Khelo India center and providing advanced online coaching, especially rural youth. , so they can prove their worth nationally and internationally.
To engage rural youth in sporting activities, the Council had developed a series of playgrounds at block and border village levels across the Union territory including Marh (Jammu) Gogo Rangreth (Budgam), Budhi (Kathua), Purmandal (Samba), Salmeri Vijaypur, RS Pura, Kupwara, Rajouri and Palma Playfield in the Akhnoor to provide nearby sports facility under the various programs namely Pradhan Mantri Development Program (PMDP) , Capex budget and other programs including the Jammu and Kashmir Infrastructure Development Finance Commission (JKIDFC).
Although the Council is facing a severe shortage of manpower, including professional coaches, sports management professionals, technical experts, sports science experts, dietitians and nutritionists, but still, the Council has succeeded in providing advanced coaching to 26,000 young people through its online coaching programs. / home fitness skills during peak COVID waves in Judo, Gymnastics, Hockey, Basketball, Yoga, Volleyball, Martial Arts, Football and many more sports disciplines.
Under the Khelo India scheme, three ‘State Centers of Excellence’ have been developed in 2020-21, including State Center of Excellence in Fencing at MA Stadium, Water Sports at Nehru Park Srinagar and the state-of-the-art Gymnastics Academy at the MA Stadium which provides a platform for youngsters to prove their mettle in national and international competitions in addition to providing a venue to host national level competitions.
A council official told Excelsior that after the successful 2nd edition of the National Winter Games in a world famous tourist spot, Gulmarg, in which 1200 athletes from 27 states and union territories participated, which was inaugurated by the Prime Minister through a video message. J&K became the medal count champion.
“It can be assessed from this fact that J&K UT’s medal tally nationally in 2021-22 in almost 14 disciplines was 72 gold, 90 silver and 145 bronze and that is the highest in the history of Jammu and Kashmir so far which depicts the Council’s dedication and hard work to prepare the players in the right direction,” an official revealed.
After the success of the 2nd edition of Khelo India National Winter Games, the Council has now taken off its socks for hosting the 3rd Khelo India National Winter Games in Gulmarg and organizing water sports competitions in Basohli where the Construction work on the world-class water sports center is in full swing to provide exposure for talented athletes and interaction with the country’s renowned players, the official said.
Apart from the successful establishment of new sports facilities and the renovation and development of existing facilities at MA Stadium and Bakshi Stadium for the conduct of international cricket and football matches, the Council is working to overcome the challenges that directly influence the players , especially rural youth. and has set a participation target of 7.50 lakh players in sports activities in the current fiscal year.
Challenges identified which negatively affect the functioning of the Council, namely the lack of expertise in the field of sport, including professional coaches, sports management professionals, technical experts, sports science experts, dieticians and nutritionists.
Lack of residential facilities for trainees in Srinagar, Jammu and Gulmarg in popular sports disciplines including winter sports, fencing and water sports where players can be prepared in a professional atmosphere aimed at achieving the podiums at the national and international levels, shortage of manpower to maintain and maintain the existing sports infrastructure facilities developed under the Pradhan Mantri development program and other programs, as well as monitoring and surveillance facilities in all stadiums/playing grounds in the territory of the Union.
Under the PMDP, the government has sanctioned the construction of indoor halls in every district of the union territory by Rs 88 crores, including the Kargil indoor hall in which nearly 13 halls have been completed so far, while the other 11 are under construction.