Badalta Khilta Jammu & Kashmir: Transforming Sports Landscape

In a remarkable turn of events, the sports sector in the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir has witnessed an unprecedented surge in youth engagement. The year 2022-23 alone saw an astounding participation of over 60 lakh young enthusiasts in various sports activities organized at the District, Block, and UT levels. This surge marks a substantial increase from previous years, signifying a paradigm shift in the region’s sporting culture.

Central to this transformation has been the implementation of a multifaceted approach by the department. Community Sports Programs, with a special emphasis on Rural, Sensitive, Border, and Tribal Areas, have been rolled out under the tagline ‘Har Din Khel Har Ek Ke Liye Khel’. This inclusive initiative, coupled with ‘My Youth My Pride’, ‘Nasha Mukt Bharat Abhiyan’, and the ‘Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav’, has effectively galvanized the youth towards active participation in sports.

A critical component of this success story has been the establishment of 38 Small Khelo India Centres at the District level across the UT. These centers have emerged as focal points for athletes to hone their skills and have played a pivotal role in nurturing talent.

Further bolstering the infrastructure, each district in the UT now boasts a Multipurpose Indoor Sports Hall. This monumental development has not only provided a much-needed impetus to the sports ecosystem but also created a conducive environment for aspiring athletes.

The ambitious ‘Khel Gaon’ project, underway in Nagrota, Jammu, promises to be a game-changer. With state-of-the-art facilities including a Synthetic Football Ground, Handball Court, Martial Art Academy, and Cricket Ground already operational, this initiative is set to be a beacon of sporting excellence in the region.

In a bid to diversify sporting avenues, the department has successfully hosted the Khelo India Winter Games in Gulmarg for three consecutive years since 2019. This event has attracted athletes from various states and UTs, showcasing the potential and allure of winter sports in the region.

Noteworthy achievements also extend to grassroots initiatives, with the establishment of 100 Volleyball Centers spread across 20 districts, providing accessible platforms for aspiring players.

Recognizing the holistic benefits of sports, the department has introduced Yoga Parks tailored for both athletes and senior citizens. These parks not only promote physical wellness but also serve as a testament to the UT’s commitment towards holistic well-being.

In conclusion, the sports sector in Jammu and Kashmir has undergone a transformative journey, marked by inclusivity, infrastructure development, and a renewed zeal for sports. The achievements of the past year stand as a testament to the unwavering commitment of the department and the indomitable spirit of the youth of Jammu and Kashmir. The future undoubtedly holds even greater promise for the region’s sporting endeavors, with ‘Badalta Khilta Jammu & Kashmir’ leading the way.

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