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JAMMU: In a yet another major achievement, son of the soil and International Taekwando player besides coach and referee, Atul Pangotra has been invited by the organizers of US Open Taekwando Championship 2018 as an International Referee. He is only from India who has been invited as International Referee at this even to be  held at Las Vegas, Naveda, USA from January 28- February 2, 2018.  

A State  & Sher-i-Kashmir Awardee in the field of Sports as an outstanding player,  Atul Pangotra again won Gold Medal  in recently concluded National Taekwando Championship held in Jammu and has continued his streak of winning Gold Medals in Senior Nationals since 2008. He has also won Silver Medal in Commonwealth Taekwando Championship in Montreal,  Canada. With many international medals to his credit and has represented India at as Player and coach,  Atul is also Referee Chairman of Taekwando Federation of India. He is also First NIS coach from J&K in Taekwando.  


In 2016, he won Silver in World Taekwondo Hanmadang International championship held in Pokhara, Nepal.  Same year, he also won Gold medal in England Open International Taekwondo championship at Manchester, England &  Gold medal in Raw Taekwondo International Championships in Glasgow, Scotland.  He is presently working in Sports Council as a Coach on deputation from youth Services and Sports department. 

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JAMMU: CRPF Jammu Sector is organizing Football tournaments from 12.12.17 onwards across districts Jammu, Reasi, Udhampur, Ramban, Doda and Kishtwar for the youth of the region. These tournaments are being organized under Civic Action Program of the Force. In this regard, Shri S.N. Shrivastav IPS, Special DG J&K Zone CRPF addressed the press conference today here at CRPF Group Centre, Bantalab, Jammu and said that the tournaments would provide an opportunity to the youth of the region to unearth their abundant hidden potential.

He appealed the youth to grab the opportunity and live their sporty dream. He also emphasized that such initiatives by the Force are always aimed for the well-being of the people in general and youth in particular. Civic Action Program is such mechanisms of the Force vide which it extends its helping hand towards the public. On the occasion, Shri S.N. Shrivastav mentioned about the public friendly image of the Force and the respect it commands among the public.

He appreciated the mutual bond of the Force with the public. He also emphasized upon the role of Jammu Sector in ensuring Law & Order in the State and also crucial role in ensuring safe conduct of various Yatras in the region. When asked about the militants abandoning their outfits in the State, Shri Shrivastav said that it is a positive outcome of the synergized efforts of the various stakeholders in the State. He also stressed that these efforts will continue in the future also till complete normalcy is established in the State. 

Football tournaments are being organized by CRPF in six districts of Jammu region viz. Jammu, Reasi, Udhampur, Ramban, Doda and Kishtwar. Eight teams of each district will be playing each other in their respective districts in the first phase. The winner teams from each district will play each other in the second phase in Jammu where final also will be played. The tournaments are aimed to benefit the youth of the region as it will provide them the required and well deserved platform to give a leap to their career in the sports. Shri SN Shrivastav wished luck to the participating players and hoped for the bright future of the youth of the region. 

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  • Comprehensive programme undertaken to augment infra, promote sports activities: Dy CM
  • Rs 200 crto be spent on sports development under PMDP

JAMMU: Deputy Chief Minister, Dr Nirmal Singh today said the government has undertaken a comprehensive programme to give a fillip to sports in the State by augmenting the existing infrastructure and organizing tournaments of national and international levels. The Deputy Chief Minister was speaking at the inaugural ceremony of 63nd National School Games Football under-17 tournament organized by the Directorate of Youth Services and Sports     under the aegis of School Games Federation of India at MAM Stadium.


Minister of State for Youth Services and Sports, Sunil Sharma, Secretary Youth Services and Sports, Hilal Parray, Director Youth Services and Sports Sheikh Fazyaz Ahmad and other senior officers, sports persons were present on the occasion. Nearly, 23 teams from different states of the country are participating in this five-day tournament and the finals are slated to be held on 15th December.


The Deputy Chief Minister said the Government has initiated a holistic programme in order to catalyze the sports activities in the State and the Center is also providing requisite funds for the same. He said funds amounting Rs. 200 crore have already been placed at the disposal of the State Government for upgrading the Sports infra by way of constructing new stadia, playgrounds in different areas of the State under the Prime Minister's Package.

Dr Singh said the youth of the state have tremendous potential to excel in sports which has been demonstrated by the recent achievements registered by our sportsperson both at National and International level.  He said the need of the hour is to hone the latent talent of the youth by providing them the opportunities of competing with National and International players so that they can make a mark and bring laurels to the State.

While referring to the initiatives being undertaken for upgrading and augmenting sports infra in the State, the Deputy Chief Minister said that several playgrounds have been constructed in the State and renovation work is also being carried out at others. He said that under Khelo India initiative of the Prime minister several new stadia including indoor ones are also coming up in different parts of the state.

Minister of State for Youth Services and Sports, Sunil Kumar Sharma also spoke on the occasion and enumerated various initiatives being carried out in the sports sector and asked the youth to play a participatory role in the same by actively participating in the sports activities and tournaments. He said that the youth of the state have a tremendous potential which needs to be channelized in a proper direction. Commissioner/ Secretary Youth Service and Sports, Hilal Parray highlighted the activities being undertaken by the department in different sectors of the sports and related activities. A souvenir was also released on the occasion.