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  • Winners of Sonipat Kurask Championship felicitated


JAMMU: Minister for Forests, Ecology and Environment, Choudhary Lal Singh today said that substantial sports infrastructure has been created across the State by the Government to revive sports culture and provide talented youth with an opportunity to refine and showcase their skill. The Minister was addressing a gathering at a function held at Gandhi Nagar after facilitating the winners of Sonipat (Haryana) Kurask Championship who brought laurels to the State by winning Gold and Bronze medals, here today.


In the National Kurask Championship held at Sonipat (Haryana), Bhanu Pratap won gold medal besides Sanjana Manhas, Munish Sharma, Nirbhay Singh Abhay, Karan and Shubham Sharma won bronze medals.    Choudhary Lal Singh said that Government is making all out efforts to organize more sports events adding that sports help channelizing the energy of the youth towards constructive purposes and promote their overall development.


The Minister said the Government has started several mega projects to strengthen and upgrade sports infrastructure adding that crore have been earmarked for construction of sports fields and stadiums at tehsil and district levels so that sports lovers are provided needed infrastructure to prepare for various national and international competitions. Choudhary Lal Singh urged the younger generation to participate in co-curricular activities as they are essential for making the students physically and mentally fit.

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  • R S Pura Cricket Club lifts Summer Cup cricket tourney

JAMMU: Saying that sports play vital role to keep mind and physique fit, Minister for PHE, Irrigation and Flood Control Sham Lal Choudhary said sports also builds self-confidence and develops personality besides help in keeping youth away from social evils like drug abuse, smoking and drinking. The Minister was speaking at the final of Summer Cup-2017 played today between Satriyan Cricket Club and RS Pura Cricket Club at Government Boys Middle School, Satriyan.

Interacting with the players, the Minister said, “Winning and Losing are part of the game but we must learn sportsmanship, leadership, perseverance, and resilience from the game which are bulwarks of a progressive society.” Referring to “Khelo India” Scheme, the Minister said the Government has been working relentlessly for the upgradation of existing and creation of new sports infrastructure across the state to provide facilities to the budding sportspersons.

Earlier, the Minister was introduced with the players. After winning the toss, RS Pura Cricket Club chose to bat first and set a target of 95 runs in 10 overs. Chasing the target, Satriyan Cricket Club scored only 60 runs,  and lost to RS Pura Cricket Club. Sunil Jamwal of Satriyan Cricket Club was declared ‘Man of the Series’ while Shubham Sharma of RS Pura Cricket Club was adjudged ‘Man of the Match’ who received a trophy and a cash prize of Rs. 2,000 each. Later, the Minister handed over trophy and a cash prize of Rs. 30,000 to the winning team and a trophy and cash prize of Rs. 13,000 to runner-up team.

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  • Demands enquiry by CB for alleged malfunctioning and rampant corruption 
  • Power & Controversies are no strangers to each other 

JAMMU: A press conference was held under the Chairmanship of Sh. Romal Singh General Secretary of Hockey J&K to highlight some burning issues. Speaking on the occasion demanded intervention of Hon’ble Chief Minister, he revealed sensational facts about corruption and favouritism in present set up of self styled Hockey J&K Officials. He said that I was sidelined and Mr. G.S. Bakshi a tainted retired Sports Department Official is inducted as Secretary and functioning as General Secretary. He further revealed that, Resident Secretary alongwith selectors have been sidelined. The Hockey J&K has become a headless body. Virtually, it has become a one man show under Treasurer of Hockey J&K.

All the speakers mostly Former National players criticized the malfunctioning and favouritism in so called self styled Hockey J&K. The selection for Sr. National Tournament was made by bypassing selectors which included three players from Punjab against huge consideration (booty). We brought the matter in the notice of sports council, only then the screening committee of Sports Council rejected all the three players from Punjab but acting clandestinely  & arbitrarily one of them was still adjusted as Manager of the team. It is well known fact that a Manager has to be a Senior most Former player with sufficient knowledge of the game but arrogant officials ignoring all the suggestions, picked this boy who is just a junior player in his early twenties and himself a learner. A glaring example of favouritism and corruption is that so many deserving players of J&K Police were not selected for Sr. National, the police team which gives a tough fight to big teams of India. Our Senior National  team has lost all the three matches 6-1, 9-0, 5-0 in just concluded Sr. National Tournament. This was on the cards as a number of talented players were kept out. Adding fuel to the fire the association appointed a blue-eyed junior most player as coach of Sr. National team.

Similar was the case of Junior National Team in which  a player from Railway was selected, who even does not know how to hold a Hockey stick, Namely Rakshik Sharma, we suspect, had greased the palms of hockey J&K officials otherwise such selection cannot be made by dropping a most talented player. Again two junior / unqualified coach & Manager were appointed, leaving aside, a number of senior and qualified coaches of Sports Council J&K.  It is very strange & un-understandable that no selection committee was entrusted with the job of selecting the teams for such an important event.

Mr. Manjit Singh Resident Secretary in his address and briefing the press alleged that the players were provided with a refreshment of Rs. 30/- each whereas the Sports Council provides Rs. 100/- for each player. On our complaint , the sports council has decided to pay the refreshment money directly to the accounts of player, which is a welcome step and we fully appreciate the action.  Besides this, he also revealed that the Hockey sticks/ kit purchase by the association, were of very low standard and specification. It is very unfortunate that the money earmarked for teams to participate in State Hockey Championship was not utilized properly as most of the teams from Srinagar, Kathua, Hira Nagar and Samba complained that they were not paid the TA/ DA as per norms. An enquiry by Crime Branch was very strongly demanded so that the culprits are brought to book. Since they have willfully defied all the rules and norms, so they should face the music.

More than 6 times Former National Player S. Waryam Singh in his address suggested that a committee of Former National Player should be framed to bring unity among all the Hockey Playing Clubs to bring reforms in the system for improvement of Hockey in J&K. Mr. Iqbal Singh a Sr. most Former National Player informed that on our demand the Govt. has acted swiftly and the elections of Hockey Association have been declared by the Secretary Sports Council, which shall be held on 17.09.2017. In this regard he alongwith all Senior Players requested the gathering / who are the members/ voters of Hockey Association to form a greater unity and also make contacts with Mr. Narinder Batra who at present is the President of F.I.H. so, that the elections is conducted smoothly and most probably on consensus basis. He also said that to gain excellence we should appreciate the efforts of Mr. Batra who with talent, sincere work & right attitude, gained highest position in world Hockey.

Mr. Jaswant Singh and Mr. Narinder Sharma from Hiranagar in a joint statement extended full support to this group and also requested other members to make it a great success. While concluding Mr. Romal Singh expressed satisfaction on the gathering of most senior player and  club members said that the passion for Hockey in J&K is quite visible here and I am sure in coming days the standard of Hockey will be raised with  the participation from whole of J&K State.

Prominent among the present were :-

1.         Jaswant Singh (Youth Hero, Hockey Club Hiranagar)

2.         Narinder Singh (Hiranagar Hockey Club)

3.         Romal Singh (General Zorawar Singh ) Hockey Singh Satwari.

4.         Manjit Singh  (Bagh Baian Hockey Club).

5.         Ravinder Singh (Banda Bahadur Hockey Club)

6.         Charanjit Singh (Young Star, Hockey Club Simbal)

7.         Tejinder Singh (Singh Hockey Club)

8.         Vishal Sumbria (Kathua Hockey Club)

9.         R.S. Soodan (Sheetu of Hockey Club)

10.       Sandeep Singh (Narsingh Hockey Club) Samba.

11.       Inderpal Singh (Kapoor Singh Hockey Club)

12.       Sukhdev Singh (Cantt. Star Hockey Club)

13.       Asha Rani (Kathua Hockey Club)

14.       Shushu Pal Singh (Shiv Shakti Club, Samba)

15.       S.Didar Singh (Khalsa Club, Didar Pura, Kupwara, Srinagar)

16.       Avtar Singh (Shaheed Bhagat Singh Hockey Club)

17        S. Waryam Singh (Sr. Most Former National Player)

18.       Iqbal Singh (Sr. Most Farmer National Player)

19.       S. Manmohan Singh (Sr. Most Farmer National Player)

20.       Janak Singh (Sr. Most Former National Player)

21.       Rajinder Singh (Sr. Most Former National Player)

22.       Harbans Singh (Sr. Most Former National Player)


23.       Parshotam Singh (Sr. Most Former National Player)