PM inaugurates 2nd Khelo India National Winter Games
NEW DELHI [Maha Media]: The second edition of 'Khelo India National Winter Games' which are being organised in Jammu and Kashmir will help in developing a new sporting ecosystem in the Union Territory and help in making it a sporting hub, said Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday.
Speaking at the inaugural address of the 2nd edition of the Khelo India National Winter Games, PM Modi said "the 'Khelo India' centres of excellence will also promote Jammu and Kashmir tourism."
"These games happening in Gulmarg show Jammu and Kashmir is ready to reach new heights of peace and development. The experience of 'Khelo India Winter Games' will help us move forward with a holistic approach. These winter games in Jammu and Kashmir will help establish a new sporting ecosystem. The 'Khelo India' centres of excellence will also promote Jammu and Kashmir's tourism," he said.
The Prime Minister said that sports is no longer just a hobby or "time pass" in the country. "In sports, we learn team spirit, look for new ways in defeats and learn to repeat victories. Sports shape the lives and lifestyle of players. It boosts self-confidence," he stated.
The Prime Minister pointed out that under the new National Education Policy, sports have been given a lot of importance, and the government is opening sports universities in India.
"We have to think about how we can take sports science and management to the school level. It will give our youth more opportunities and increase India's participation in the sports economy," PM Modi stated.
Addressing the young sportsperson participating in the games, the Prime Minister said, "When you show your talent at Khelo India National Winter Games, remember that you are not just a part of a sport, but you are also a brand ambassador of self-reliant India. The world evaluates India with the ground you work on."
PM Modi exhorted the young sportspersons to remember that they are the brand ambassadors of Aatmnirbhar Bharat. The world evaluates India through their performance in the sports arena, concluded the Prime Minister.
On this occasion Union Sports Minister, Kiren Rijiju, announced various plans to further develop the sports ecosystem in J&K. “We had announced that we will create a state-of-the-art winter sports academy here. Now, we are happy to inform that all the procedures are in place to get the world standard institute opened here soon. Funds have already been allocated."
“Out of 100 small Khelo India Centres we had announced across all districts of the valley, 40 are already approved and the remaining 60 will be approved in the next financial year in Jammu. Retired players, coaches can run these centers and give back to sports, while earning a dignified source of livelihood. We have also opened 2 KISCEs here focusing on the disciplines of Judo, Fencing and Rowing. In Srinagar too, we have decided on opening a water sports facility which may be completed by April or May. Also, we have decided to give a Khelo India academy accreditation to the Mata Vaishnodevi sports complex,” Shri Rijiju added.