The first Khelo India Winter Games 2020 concluded at Gulmarg with prize distribution ceremony held on March 11.
Commissioner Secretary Youth Services and Sports J&K Sarmad Hafeez was chief guest while as Deputy Commissioner Baramulla Dr G N Itoo, Director General Youth Services and Sports Saleem-ur-Rehman, Secretary Sports Council Dr Naseem Javaid Chowdhary, President Winter Games Association of J&K Abbass Wani were among other guests present .
The games that had started on March 7 saw around 900 players including 430 outsiders and 470 locals participating in various sports activities including Skiing, Snowboarding, Snowshoeing, Ski Mountaineering, Skating, Ice Stock, Snow Rugby, Snow baseball etc.
The event was organized by Winter Games Association of J&K along with J&K Sports Council with active support from Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports, Government of India.
“Jammu and Kashmir has a huge potential in sports sector and Government would do everything possible to upgrade the sports infrastructure and sports ecology. He said that sports can be a real game changer and our focus remains on getting more youngsters to play best sports and produce Olympians,” local News Agency KNS quoted Sarmad Hafeez.
Secretary said that Government was further aiming to upgrade infrastructure, community sports, talent identification, coaching for excellence, competition structure and the sports economy.
In his vote of thanks, Saleem-ur-Rehman hailed the contribution of Government of India (GoI) for holding such mega sports activities in Jammu and Kashmir. He complimented the participants for showing their vigorous and enthusiastic participation and said that sports activities inculcate discipline and positivity among the youngsters. (With Inputs from KNS)