SRINAGAR: Union Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports has approved addition of two more water sports disciplines of Kayaking and Canoeing at the Khelo India State Centre of Excellence (KISCE), Srinagar, which had earlier only facility for rowing.
According to a communiqué issued by J&K Sports Council in this regard, this significant move is aimed at to encourage and facilitate the outstanding athletes of Jammu and Kashmir in these disciplines.
Pertinently, the J&K Sports Council and the UT government had initiated the request for addition of these sporting disciplines in the Centre. The KISCE, which was launched in April 2021, after revamping facilities in the existing J&K Water Sports Academy.
Advisor to Lieutenant Governor, Farooq Khan, while hailing the Central Government for the move, said, “The addition of Kayaking and Canoeing disciplines shall pave way for more impressive performances in international competitions such as the World Championships and the Asian Championships. The KISCE Water Sports Centre shall help in tapping and nurturing of athletes in two new disciplines enabling them to excel in the sport and represent India in world-class competition.”
Farooq Khan expressed gratitude to Lieutenant Governor of J&K, Manoj Sinha, Union Minister for Youth Affairs and Sports, Kiren Rijiju, for addition of these disciplines to the Khelo India State Centre of Excellence. He said that athletes are overwhelmed that they can get world class training in more disciplines under one roof.
Advisor said that with the addition of these two sporting disciplines there is scope for greater participation and this shall also draw sporting talent from all across the country. He praised the teams from UT administration and Ministry of Youth Affairs Government of India to make this possible.
Meanwhile, all the sports enthusiasts of J&K have termed this decision as a significant development as far as improving the sports infrastructure in J&K is concerned.
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