SRINAGAR- The Jammu & Kashmir Sports Council (JKSC) on Monday said that it is “tightening noose over non-functional associations of J&K” to ensure interests of the players in various disciplines is not jeopardised due to defunct sports entities.
Several decisions were taken to streamline the functioning of the sports associations at an emergent meeting on Monday afternoon.
Terming the decisions as significant step towards making J&K hub of sports calibre and competence, Secretary, Youth Services and Sports, Sarmad Hafeez, said that the sports activities under no circumstances shall stop as it tantamount to fiddling with the career of our youth.
He added that the defunct associations for unknown reasons have ceased to function and this shall not be tolerated any more.
It was decided in the meeting presided over by Secretary, J&K Sports Council, Nuzhat Gull, that all the sports activities under the scope of any de-registered, de-recognized as well as non-functional associations shall be brought within the ambit of flagship programme, “My Youth My Pride”.
Secretary said, “Although the basic purpose of these sports associations was to identify talent and ensure its grooming besides facilitate the talented lot by way of fielding them for national and international teams but few associations have deviated from the standards and are draining their energies in matters not related to sports.”
Bashir Ahmad Bhat, Joint Secretary Sports Council said that 36th national Games are being conducted in Gujarat and there are many disciplines where J&K has not sent its team because association is either suspended or not functional.
The Sports Council official said that Billiards and Snooker activities shall start soon in Sher-i-Kashmir Indoor Sports Complex’s Sports Club as the concerned association is defunct from quite some time now. Erstwhile Kayaking, Canoeing and lawn tennis associations have been suspended for want of fresh elections. The Yogasana Association stands de-recognised by the government of India and new recognised Yogasana Sports Association shall come into being in J&K soon. Besides, the Handball Association is battling some dispute but the activities shall go ahead and players will not suffer on this account.
Similarly, the role of other defunct associations like Water Skiing Association, Ball Badminton, Carrom, Baseball, Cycle-Polo, Basketball, Tennikoit, Korfball, Softball, Roller Skating, Golf, Karate and Squash Rackets Association shall be performed by Sports Council. We will conduct, organize and monitor the activities besides scouting for the sports talent, the official added.
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