SRINAGAR: For the first time in the history of the Department of Youth Services and Sports (DYSS), sports competitions were organised for the students of an orphanage here.
Director Youth Services & Sports, Jammu and Kashmir, Gazanfar Ali kick-started these competitions on Tuesday at Welfare Educational Institute (Yateem Khana). He was accompanied by Joint Director (Kashmir) Bashir Ahmad, DYSSO Srinagar Balbir Singh and other officials of the Department.
On this occasion, Director YSS Gazanfar Ali said that the department has been conducting sports competitions in Schools and other institutions but still there were certain institutions which usually get left out.
"The Department has taken up this initiative to reach out to such institutions and to begin the journey, we have started from an Orphanage," he said.
He further added that the Department has provided these children with sports kits and other equipment in order to uplift their morale and to develop their interest in sports activities.
"These are brave kids. We have provided them sports kits and also directed the District Officer Srinagar to provide them all the necessary sports equipments as well," said Gazanfar Ali.
Sports competition in four disciplines are being conducted at the educational institution which included Volleyball, Chess, Kabadi and Carom.
Moreover, with Government aiming to enable people of J&K who are not part of institutions to explore their talent; Director YSS, J&K, said, "We have planned to cover all areas & enable the people from any age group who are not part of Institutions or Schools to explore their talent by providing them a platform and help them to make it to the bigger platform."
"We want people from any age group or gender to take part in their sport of choice and then they can accordingly take part in the tournaments conducted at Ward/Panchayat/Block/District/Division and UT levels," he said and added that so far 8000 teams have been created at Panchayat and Ward levels, in which around 1.5 Lakh people have registered.
Moreover, there are around 651 playgrounds under Rural Development Department, where the games will be played, apart from the other convenient play fields in every district/Panchayats of the regions.
Director YSS, J&K, appealed to people, especially the youth, who are not part of institutions/schools, to register themselves for the competition and become a part of the sporting world.
"The department is presently forming clubs and all those who are not affiliated with schools/institutions should join us. Sports kits, refreshments, etc. everything will be provided for the participants and we have high hopes that the talented youth will emerge," emphasized Gazanfar Ali.
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