SPORTS REPORTER JAMMU: Sports to get a boost in Jammu and Kashmir under new regime of Union Territory and Centre’s control over important matters, especially those related to the development and progress. This was stated by the Sports Minister of Uttar Pradesh and former Indian opening batsman, Chetan Chouhan, while felicitating the sports achievers and their parents with Jijabai Awards, in a first of its kind function, organised by Kreeda Bharati Jammu and Kashmir, here on Sunday.
Former Indian opener batsman, who has to his credit 40 Test matches, was quite positive about the development of sports in J&K in the wake of renewed interest shown by the Modi led Government at the Centre. “The Prime Minister has shown a keen interest in sports and his recent launch of Fit India campaign is an indication of development of sports in the entire country with special impetus to the infrastructure and encouragement to sportspersons in this part of the country (J&K),” said Chetan Chouhan, who is also National President of the Kreeda Bharati. Chief Guest of the well attended function, Chetan Chouhan appreciated Shiv Kumar Sharma and his team for the hard work and dedication in taking Kreeda Bharati movement to the masses of J&K. “I’m a regular visitor to Jammu to bow my head before Mata Vaishno Devi for blessing me with everything in life. I know J&K lacks in sports, but I’m confident that things will improve in near future,” disclosed the Minister. The function was also attended by Chander Mohan Gupta, Mayor Jammu, Bharat Bhushan Gupta, Rajan Rai Choudhary (National General Secretary of Kreeda Bharati), Brig. Suchait Singh, Surinder Singh Bagal (international cricketer) and I.D Soni (social activist and educationist).
Earlier, except for Meenal Gupta (Chess), all the awardees received their honours from the distinguished gathering. These awardees were Arun Malhotra (Football), Saqlain Tariq (Volleyball), Rakesh Kumar (Archery), Kumari Nisha (Archery), Shweta Thakur (Judo), Shivani Charak (Sport Climbing), Vasu Sapolia (Athletics), Divum Gupta (Badminton), Shreya Gupta (Fencing), Josh Pal Singh (Roller Hockey), Azmat Bibi (Karate), Maan Singh (Boxing) and Pankaj Malhotra (Kho-Kho). “I’m thankful to the Chief Guest for spending a lot of time with the talented sportspersons and their families. Since the honour was for the mothers, the awardees came along with their families thereby making it a memorable and touching event. I promise to the people of the J&K many more such events and encouragement to the talented stuff further at the district level,” said Shiv Kumar Sharma while welcoming the guests.
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