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  • Simula JK lifts CII-Corporate Cricket Trophy

JAMMU: Terming sports as an essential element in maintaining a balance between mind, body and soul, the Deputy Chief Minister, Dr Nirmal Singh, today exhorted upon youth to espouse extracurricular activities for their personality development. The Dy CM said this after watching the final match of (Confederation of Indian Industries) CII- Corporate Cricket Tournament played between HDFC Bank and Simula JK at playground of KC Public School, Jammu, today.

 

The tournament, sponsored by the HDFC Bank, began on 23 December 2017, in which 12 corporate teams of the State participated. Simula JK won the final match defeating HDFC Bank by 92 runs. Speaking on the occasion, the Dy CM said that sports is beneficial for physical health and participation in it can positively affect mental health of young generation,. While emphasizing the significance of sports promotion at all levels for overall personality development, Dr Singh said sports and academics need equal focus as both are vital for shaping the future of students towards a right direction.

 

The Deputy Chief Minister said the Government has already initiated several flagship programmes in the sports sector which would be augmenting the existing infra besides adding the new ones. The Dy Chief Minister assured, the government would leave no stone unturned in further raising the sports infrastructure in every part of the state. He said that during the past few years a number of major initiatives have been launched to equip the state sports stadia with latest facilities to match the national and international standards in the world of sports.

 

Punit Kumar of Simula JK team bagged man of the match, man of the series and best batsman positions because of his all round performance. While as Altaf Ahmad of HDFC Bank was declared as best player of the series. Chairman, CII, Jammu and Kashmir Rahul Sahai, Member CII Rajesh Sharma, Director Sports KC Public School, Jammu, Arjun Choudhary and Executive Officer, CII, were present on the occasion.

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SRINAGAR: Divisional Commissioner Kashmir, Baseer Ahmad Khan, who is also the head of Divisional Sports Committee, today convened a meeting to review the implementation of Special Package for development of Sports Infrastructure in all districts including Leh and Kargil under Prime Minister’s Development Programme (PMDP). The meeting was informed that Indoor Stadiums are under construction in every district including Leh and Kargil so that sports activities will be performed during winter months also for the benefit of national as well as international players.

 

Divisional Commissioner directed all Deputy Commissioners to speed up the pace of construction work and ensure that these prestigious projects shall be completed within given timeline. He explained the timely completion would allow players to carry on with their sports activities throughout the year, adding it will help the State players to perform better at a national and international sports level. 

He stressed DCs to implement Chief Minister’s directions, which she passed during her public outreach programme regarding sports development, in letter and spirit. While reviewing “Khelo India” scheme, other PMDP and Rural Development works under convergence scheme regarding sports development in Kashmir division, Div Com asked Sports Council and Youth Services Sports departments to pull up their socks and start the construction work immediately so that the stadiums and playing fields in the valley are ready before the start of new sports calendar.  

 

The meeting was further informed that Bakshi stadium will be developed according to the FIFA norms and the estimated cost of the project is Rs 48 crores. Floodlights, six entries, modern pavilion, food court and other state-of-art technology will be provided in the stadium. Khan directed executing agency to finish the prestigious project in a time-bound manner. VC SDA, Joint Director Youth Services & Sports, Officers from JK Sports Council, Deputy Director Planning, Assistant Commissioner and other concerned officers were present in the meeting while as Deputy Commissioners of the valley including Leh & Kargil participated in the meeting through video conference.

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SRINAGAR: As per latest directions of All India Football Federation all participating State Association are required to include Minimum (5) U-21 Football players in their squad of 20, & among 5, they have to field 3 compulsorily for each Match. The JKFA welcomed the direction & has given maximum preference to young footballers of the State. The Selectors of JKFA provided maximum exposure & preference to Youngsters. The team of 24 players underwent Coaching at Jammu and Selectors picked up best 20 for the JK Team for 72nd Santosh Trophy 2017-18 scheduled to be held at Noida (UP) from 15th to 20thJan 2018. J&K is bracketed in Pool B with Punjab, Delhi & HP, Matches are 16th, 18th & 20th Jan 2018.