SRINAGAR- Lieutenant Governor, Manoj Singh on Saturday called for concerted efforts to motivate youth to put their best efforts in games so that Jammu and Kashmir benefits through a vigorous and dynamic sporting talent pool and sportspersons can become crucial partners in the development journey.
“Our strong Socio-Economic growth is succeeding in bringing of a qualitative change in sports sector and enabling our sportspersons to demonstrate their excellence,” the LG said, according to an official spokesperson.
“The two biggest challenges for us were piecemeal approach towards sports activities prior to 2019 and subsequent disruption caused by the Covid pandemic,” he added.
The spokesperson said that the LG highlighted the sporting events organised under ‘My Youth My Pride’ in 22 disciplines in Kashmir Division and 18 disciplines in Jammu Division and said the programme is turning out to be a solid forum for sportspersons to bring glory to themselves as well as the community.
“My Youth My Pride is dedicated to advancing sports by empowering young men and women. It has inculcated a winner’s instinct among youth and kindled hopes of an ascent in sporting performance in national and international games. J&K Sports Council has successfully completed many key infrastructure projects which are playing an essential role in training the youth in different sports,” Sinha said.
“Our sportspersons are setting an example by continued pursuit of excellence in various disciplines, high levels of sporting ethics in games and the larger vision of making J&K UT a land of champions,” he added.
Lauding the efforts of Sports Associations and Sports Council for regular engagement of athletes and reviving the culture of night football matches in various districts, the LG, as pet the spokesperson said that we are proud of the fact that thousands of athletes, coaches and sports officials around the UT are making valuable contributions and ensuring path-breaking achievements.
“Gymnastic Academy, Football Academy, Cricket Academy and Water Sports Centre have a plan to engage around 5 lakh youth and children. This gives us the hope and confidence that by creating the right environment for the young generation, we can produce the best talents and win the prestigious sporting honours. Today our athletes can dream big and fulfill their dreams and ambitions,” the LG said.
Sinha, as per the spokesperson said with the focus on talent search & training and creation of Sports Academies for achieving excellence, Sports Council is attracting the best and brightest talents.
“We should all make concerted efforts to motivate youth to put their best efforts in games so that the J&K UT benefits through a vigorous and dynamic sporting talent pool and sportspersons can become crucial partners in the development journey,” the LG said.
It is pertinent to mention that during Phase-I of the ‘My Youth My Pride’ more than 8.5 Lakh youth from across the UT had participated, while 13.74 Lakh youth to be engaged in Phase-II.
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