STATE TIMES NEWS NEW DELHI: Union Minister Anurag Thakur on Tuesday announced that a cricket and sports academy will be set up in Ladakh to ensure that talented athletes of the region get the required training to excel. According to a statement from his office, Thakur also joined Army personnel in Leh to carry out a cleanliness drive to mark Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s 69th birthday. He said people must become conscious and work together towards eliminating single-use plastic to combat the challenge posed by climate change. Making the announcement regarding starting a sports academy, Thakur, a former BCCI president, said he had always made efforts to allow sportspersons have a platform to develop themselves. “I firmly believe that sports help in building character and thus I propose to set up a cricket and sports academy in Leh to ensure that youth of the region gets equal opportunity and a platform to excel,” he was quoted as saying in the statement. A number of Union ministers have visited the region after the Centre announced that Ladakh will be carved out of Jammu and Kashmir, and made a Union territory. Anurag Thakur announced to open a Cricket Academy in Leh and to provide coaches to train the local children. He also committed for a tie up with HP Cricket Association, Dharamshala and offer training programmes to Ladakhi cricketers. He stressed on the need to start cultural exchange and sports activity programmes between HP and Ladakh. He assured full financial assistance for infrastructure and other developmental works.
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