JAMMU: Secretary Department of Youth Services and Sports, Sarmad Hafeez, on Monday inaugurated the 67th National School Games in the discipline of Fencing for Under-19 boys and girls at Gymnasium Hall, University of Jammu here.
While extending thanks to School Games Federation of India for sanctioning four Nationals to J&K this year, Sarmad Hafeez said that the Government of J&K was committed to promote sports and possess all that was required to host mega sporting events in a most befitting manner.
He said, the performance of J&K athletes at the National scene and the Indian athletes at the International arena portrayed the picture of enhancement in sports infrastructural facilities and excellence in coaching standards.
Secretary YSS said that this event is part of the series of National School Games that J&K has been hosting and till now four national level competitions in sports disciplines of Football, Volleyball, Judo and Fencing have been organised during the current year.
Hafeez further said that last year 60 lakh youth from across J&K took part in various sports activities and this year the target is comparatively much more. He added that mega events like this apart from helping youth to showcase their sporting skills, also help them to exchange their culture and language.
Earlier, in his welcome address, Director DYSS, Subash Chibber, highlighted the achievements of the department and encouraged the participants.
Meanwhile, J&K Under-19 boys won Sabre team gold on Day 1 after beating Haryana in the final. The gold medal winners included Harshit Kohli, Anubhav Sharma, Vatsal Gandhotra and Amish Sharma. The silver medal in this category went to Haryana and the bronze was bagged by Punjab and Gujarat.
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