- “We made golf accessible to the common man. It is no longer the game of the elite. The dream of an inclusive society is coming true ”, LG
- Golf Academy open to government school children and golf enthusiasts; first batch with 15 days of training
- A multi-pronged strategy for the development of the sports infrastructure, the organization of sporting events throughout the UT, the placement of the best coaches, the continuous monitoring and full use of resources has been prepared: LG
- J&K is a power pack for athletic talents; The UT administration is working hard to create a thriving sports culture and to offer prospective athletes the right platforms: LG
- In J&K alone there will be at least 17 sporting events at national level this year so that our youth have the opportunity to showcase their talent: LG
- More than 17 lakh children will take part in various sports this year
- 750 young talents will receive top-class training in football, 1.5 lakhe players are expected to take part in 3,405 games in 11 tournaments
SRINAGAR: Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha continues his efforts to promote and strengthen the sports ecosystem in the Union Territory and today opened the Golf Training Academy at Kashmir Golf Club, Srinagar, here.
The lieutenant governor took this opportunity to express his delight, saying that the restoration work of the historic golf course after the floods of 2014 was best done while maintaining its originality.
The lieutenant governor said it was very proud that Kashmir Golf Club, one of the oldest golf clubs with a rich history, is the second largest in the country after the Royal Golf Club in Kolkata. With world class golf courses, J&K aims to become the golf capital of the country. A similar golf academy with national-level training facilities will soon open in Jammu, he added.
To the young athletes in the front row of the Golf Academy, Lt. Governor that countless inspiring stories have emerged from the Kashmir Golf Club and that you will definitely experience them in the next 15 days of training together with the nuances of the discipline. He announced that important coaches from the country will come to provide the training and the first game itself will begin with the world-famous player and coach of the Indian team Sh. Amandeep Johl.
“We made golf accessible to the common man in society. It is no longer just the game of the elite. The dream of an inclusive society is coming true, ”added the lieutenant governor.
The Lt Governor stated that the talent of the sport cannot be limited, it always comes out in one form or another and only takes one opportunity. “With the right resources and the right training, we can also produce golf champions like Jeev Milkha Singh, Arjun Atwal, Shiv Shankar Chaurasia, Aditi Ashok, Smriti Mehra and Sharmila Nicollet in Jammu and Kashmir,” he said.
The lieutenant governor said golf is considered an elite game by the people, but the J&K administration is trying to make it accessible to the common people, even the children studying in state schools.
“Jammu and Kashmir are a powerhouse for talented athletes. The administration is working diligently to create a thriving sports culture and to provide budding sports talent with the right platforms and will provide all the support and infrastructure necessary to develop the potential of young sports talents at the UT, ”remarked the Lt.
Recalling the instructions passed during the Ministry of Sport’s review meeting, the lieutenant governor said it was decided that this year more than 17 lakh children will have the opportunity to play in various sports. A multi-pronged strategy has been worked out that includes developing the sports infrastructure, organizing sporting events in every nook and cranny of the UT, finding the best coaches, continuously monitoring and making full use of our resources. It was decided that this year J&K alone would host at least 17 sporting events on a national level so that our youth would have the opportunity to showcase their talent.
On the occasion, the lieutenant governor emphasized that the sports infrastructure in J&K was better and more modern than in many other regions of the country. “All 4290 Panchayats have been linked to at least 2-3 sporting activities, playing fields have been created for them, and alternative arrangements are being made where there is no Panchayat land. During the time of the Corona restrictions, the Sports Council set up virtual training for 26,000 young people in various sports, ”he added.
The lieutenant governor said the government has allocated Rs 513 billion to the overall youth development budget this year, Rs 17 billion more than last year.
He announced that Suresh Raina’s Cricket Coaching Academy promotes youth talents in J&K and that more than 2000 players have participated in the cricket tournament organized in two districts according to the Corona protocol. To promote football, on the other hand, J&K runs programs in 10 districts and trains 750 young talents with top quality training. In football alone, 11 tournaments are organized in J&K this year and around 1.5 lakh players are expected in 3405 games.
The lieutenant governor said the Honorable Prime Minister Narendra Modi had Rs. 200 crore to upgrade and upgrade J & K’s sports infrastructure under PMDP. To date, 20 projects have been completed and 11 more will be completed shortly. “We have worked on 134 sports infrastructure projects under JKIDFC, of which 93 projects have been completed and 32 projects will be completed by next month. Besides that, many other sports facilities are being worked on under the Khelo India, Capex budget and most projects will be completed by the end of this year, ”said the lieutenant governor.
The lieutenant governor noted that considerable work is being done to promote sport in Jammu and Kashmir. The UT administration is committed to raising local talent to the national and international levels, he added.
The lieutenant governor emphasized the importance of sporting activities and said that sport unites us, brings new energy and new life to people.
The lieutenant governor called the golf academy a symbol of the spirit of unity. “Apart from the technical knowledge of this discipline, every sport teaches us to always put the national interest first. The energy that sport gives us is the power to connect us, the power to be creative. Our youth have this talent, this energy that will be helpful in moving the country and Jammu and Kashmir forward on the path of progress, ”added the lieutenant governor.
The lieutenant governor announced that in the past year more than 6 young lakhs have participated in programs such as Back to Village, My Town My Pride, National Youth Festival, Fit India Movement, Trekking and National Integration Day. “Our aim is to ensure that as many boys and girls as possible take part in these programs this year in accordance with the Corona Protocol. For this purpose, the vaccinations of athletes were given priority, ”he said.
The Lt Governor praised J&K Bank for the renovation work and said it is a joyous day that Kashmir Golf Club has been rebuilt and opened to the government school children and golf lovers after the terrible floods of 2014.
In the meantime, the Lt. Governor published the Golf Training Handbook and presented the players with the sports uniform kits to celebrate the day.
The Lt Governor also interacted with the players and took a lap over the newly laid seat.
On this occasion Sh spoke. Baseer Ahmad Khan, Advisor to the Lieutenant Governor, described the occasion as the most important day for the sports sector in J&K.
Arun Kumar Mehta, Chief Secretary, emphasized in his address the full use of the sports infrastructure and resources at J&K in order to realize the potential of the aspiring athletes of the UT.
Sarmad Hafeez, administrative secretary of the tourism department, highlighted the main features of the newly established golf academy.
He announced that 50 prospective golfers (25 boys and girls each) from state-run schools are being trained by golfers on an international and national level.
Amandeep Johl, one of India’s leading golf coaches to improve the skills of J & K’s local aspiring golfers, alongside mega golf tournaments to be organized in the UT, he added.
Bakshi Javid, Director of SKICC, delivered the acceptance speech.
Rajeev Rai Bhatnagar, Advisor to the Lieutenant Governor; Nitishwar Kumar, Chief Secretary to the Lieutenant Governor; Pandurang K Pole, Kashmir Division Commissioner; Alok Kumar, Chief Secretary, Youth Services & Sports; Vijay Kumar, IGP Kashmir; Saleem Ur Rehman, general manager, Youth Services and Sports, J&K; in addition to celebrities and budding golfers and athletes attended the opening ceremony.