The Jammu and Kashmir Government has been focusing on improving the sports infrastructure and providing better facilities to the sportspersons in the Union Territory.
In February this year the Administrative Council headed by Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha approved a new sports policy for J&K. The policy is aimed at promoting sports in the UT by developing sports infrastructure and incentivising sportspersons to excel in their respective sports.
The objective of the policy is to strive to achieve excellence by involving all the stakeholders and establishing inter-departmental synergies for composite development of sports. The basic canons of the sports policy are to ‘Scout’- identify talent and catch them young; ‘Engage’- ensure grassroots inclusive engagement in sports and games; ‘Facilitate’-provide sports infrastructure, facilities, know-how, and training; and ‘Recognize’- acknowledge the achievements and contributions through awards and further employment.
Since the day “New Sports Policy” has been launched the government has laid emphasis on improving the sports infrastructure and providing more and more opportunities to the sports persons.
The budding youngsters, who want to excel in different sports haven’t disappointed anyone. They have given their best and have emerged as stars. Kashmiri youth have proven it to the world that if they get the opportunities they can conquer the world.
In a very short span of time many players from Jammu and Kashmir have won national and international sports awards. The development of the sports infrastructure has opened up new vistas for the J&K sportspersons. They are able to practice in the environs that are helpful for them to enhance their skills and talents.
The state-of-art sports facilities are being developed across Jammu and Kashmir with an aim of taking sports to Panchayat level for budding sportspersons. The aim of the government is clear that it wants to create world-class sports infrastructure in the Union Territory.
Earlier sports activities in J&K were confined to a few months only but during the past few years sports have become a part of the entire calendar year. The focus is not merely on activities like Cricket and Football but equal importance is being given to games like Volleyball, Kho-Kho, Kabaddi, Water and Winter Sports.
Sportspersons in J&K have been provided with ample opportunities to excel as the government is providing them with all the possible avenues to achieve the heights which they can by exhibiting their talents and skills. Youth have been provided with a plethora of opportunities and it is upto them to grab the chances they are getting.