Kiren Rijiju, Union Minister of State (MoS) for Youth Affairs and Sports Ministry, Friday said that Jammu and Kashmir will soon get two Khelo India Centers of Excellence — one each in Srinagar and Jammu — and water sports will begin in Dal Lake in the coming summer.
Addressing national and international athletes in Gulmarg, in north Kashmir’s Baramulla district, the MoS Sports said that the Centre has approved two Khelo India Centers of Excellence for J-K. “Srinagar and Jammu will soon get starts of art Khelo India Centers for excellence where national and international experts will come and identify the sports talent,” he said.
“We will ensure that Kashmiri youth’s participation in Olympic games so that Kashmiri boys too get Olympic medals and make the country proud,” Rijiju said. He added that each district will have Khelo India Centers where retired players and officials will help identify the sports talent.
He said that GoI has also approved water sports for Dal Lake in Srinagar in the coming summer. “We will inaugurate water sports in Dale Lake in the summers. Watersports has a great potential in Srinagar and Kashmir,” the MoS Sports said.
He said he will sports federations and see what further steps can be taken to promote sports activities in Kashmir. (KNO)