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SAMBA: Exciting competitions in Badminton, Football and Wrestling were witnessed as the block level sports tournament progressed here today at Sports Stadium, Smailpur.  The tournament is organised by the District Administration Samba under “Sports for peace and development,” an initiative of Govt. of India under Khelo India campaign. Nishkersh Saini (U17), Hitesh Khajuria (U20), Raju Sharma (Above 20) emerged winners in Badminton, while   A.P.S Bari Brahmana stole the show by trouncing H.S.S Smailpur 3-0 in football. In wrestling competition Razak Hussain, Sahil Chark (Above 20), Wasim Akram, Harish Bhagat, Gautam Kumar, Mukesh Kumar (U20), Ajay Kumar, Naresh Kumar, Sahil, Shabia Ali (U17) emerged winners in their individual bouts.


The sports events were conducted by ZPEOs   Rakesh Verma and Vijay Singh Salathia. While interacting with participants, the Chief Guest Additional Superintendent of Police Samba   Faisal Qureshi congratulated the winning teams and said that Khelo India Sports events will not only  benefit the participants physically but emotionally as sports in itself is a complete chapter of learning. Also present were SDPO Bari-Brahmana   Sunil Kesar and a large number of sports enthusiasts.

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Haji Anayat congratulated Atul and Tashi 

KARGIL: Atul Pangotra shined once again at 10th Senior Poomsae National Taekwondo Championship held at Jabalpur MP by clinching the Gold in under 40 male category and brought Laural's for the State and Jammu. In the same event Tashi Tundup from Kargil won silver medal in under 30 Group Category along with Rohit Sharma and Nitish and brought Laural's to the state. 

Team J&K brought 4th position in the tournament with  2 gold, 2 silver and 4 bronze in different categories. Meanwhile Chairman J&K Legislative Council Haji Anayat Ali appreciated the efforts of J&K Taekwondo Association in general and efforts of Atul Pangotra for training himself and his students to compete at National and International level. 

Haji Anayat Ali also congratulated Tashi Tundup from Wakha Kargil and his father for bringing Laural's for the State as well as for the district of Kargil along with his teammates.  Haji Anayat has assured any possible help in future for Tashi so that he can excel in the game at national and international level.

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  • Advisor’s stresses for participation of youth in games; Terms ‘Khelo India’ prog an initiative to revive sports culture

BARAMULLA: In a bid to give fillip to the sports activities and to involve more and more youth in such events, Advisor to Governor B B Vyas along with Advisor K Vijay Kumar today inaugurated 4-day long North Kashmir Sports Festival 2018 at Showkat Ali Stadium which witnessed the overwhelming participation of young and enthusiastic sports persons and athletes from the area.

The Sports Festival is organized by Jammu and Kashmir Sports Council wherein about 1100 players are participating in various sports activities including Volley Ball, Kabaddi, Handball, Hockey and other games which shall be organized at different levels. Meanwhile, a Kabaddi match was also played during the inaugural ceremony between Handwara Kabbadi Club and Sopore Kabaddi Association which was won by the Sopore Association.


Addressing the participants and locals, Advisor B B Vyas who was the chief guest on the occasion, hailed the JK Sports Council for organizing the Sports Festival and said that such events enables our youth to channelize their potential in a positive direction. He said that sports activities have a profound and significant impact on the social and mental development of our youth besides urging them to participate with more frequency in such events.

Reiterating upon the Government’s commitment of developing sports infrastructure, the Advisor said that various sports activities are being organized across the length and breadth of the state under centrally sponsored "Khelo India" sports initiative.  “There is no dearth of talent in our state, it only needs to be harnessed in a positive way so that youth get a chance to display their skills and move ahead”, B B Vyas said.


Speaking on the occasion, Advisor to Governor, K Vijay Kumar, who is holding the charge of Youth Services & Sports department, urged the parents to let their wards to choose sports field as the carrier avenue for their holistic development. With regard to the government’s initiative to upgrade sports infrastructure in the state and to involve youth in sports activities, the Advisor said that the centre has sanctioned Rs 14.30 crore under Khelo India programme and the funds have been further released for utilization under the same. “Khelo India initiative would sure give boost to sports activities in the state and encourage youth for their participation in games, other related activities”, Kumar said.


He further said that divisional/district level Task Force have also been established for ensuring promotion of sports activities in every district, he said adding that the concerned DCs have prepared Action Plan under which various kinds of activities would be organizing at every level. Giving out the details of the festival, Secretary, J&K State Sports Council, Dr Naseem Javaid Chowdhary said that it which will continue for 4 days and will cover all districts of North Kashmir. More than 1100 players would be participating in 5 different sports disciplines,” said Chowdhary.


District Development Commissioner Dr Nasir Ahmad Naqash assured every possible support from the district administration in promoting sports culture among youth. On the occasion, a colorful cultural program was also presented by school children and cultural troupes.  On the occasion, DG Youth Services and Sports, Dr Saleem Ur Rehman, SSP Baramulla, senior officers from army, CRPF, BSF, senior officers of district administration and large number of locals were present.