Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha hands over the jerseys of the sports uniform to the players in Srinagar on Monday.
“J&K is a power pack for athletic talents”
Excelsior sports correspondent
Srinagar, July 5: 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 the Kashmir Golf Club in 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.
He explained that the talent of the sport cannot be limited, it always comes out in one form or another and just needs an 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.
Sinha 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 sporting culture and to provide budding sporting talent with the right platforms and will provide all possible support and infrastructure to develop the potential of young sporting talents in the UT, ”remarked the lieutenant governor.
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 national sporting events to give our youth the opportunity to showcase their talent, ”said LG.
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 budgeted Rs 513 billion for general youth development 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.
The lieutenant governor said Prime Minister Narendra Modi gave Rs. 200 crore to improve 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,” said LG.
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, 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 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.
Baseer Ahmad Khan, Advisor to the Lieutenant Governor, described the occasion as the most important day for the sports sector in J&K.
Dr. 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 foremost 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.
Sch. 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; Dr. Saleem Ur Rehman, general manager, Youth Services and Sports, J&K; in addition to celebrities and aspiring golfers and athletes took part in the opening ceremony.