Sports persons to spread message of Peace: L-G

KT NEWS SERVICE. Dated: 2/27/2021 3:57:19 PM

GULMARG, Feb 26: Prime Minister Narendra Modi today delivered the inaugural address at 2nd edition of Khelo India National Winter Games-2021 through virtual mode.
Lieutenant Governor, Manoj Sinha and Union Minister of State (I/C) for Youth Affairs and Sports, Kiren Rijiju also addressed the huge gathering during inaugural ceremony of the mega event at world famous winter sports destination - Gulmarg.
From February 26 to March 02, 2021, more than 600 Athletes from all over the country are participating in different winter-sports disciplines including Alpine Skiing, Nordic Ski, Snowboarding, Snow Mountaineering, Ice Hockey, Ice Skating, Ice Stock and Snow Shoe.
Speaking on the occasion, Lieutenant Governor, Manoj Sinha called upon the participating sportspersons to spread the message of Peace, Unity, Goodwill, Love and Empowerment.
Let us share this experience of unifying power of sports with the world, remarked the Lt Governor.
Gulmarg has been acknowledged as a promising Winter-sports destination in the International circuit. Khelo India Winter Games is not merely an event, it is a mission to bring together the youth from all over the country and showcase our sporting talent to the world, observed the Lt Governor.
The Lt Governor said that the mega event is one of the many efforts aimed at engaging the youth in constructive and positive activities.
Expressing gratitude towards the central government for taking several measures for the development of the sports sector in J&K, the Lt Governor observed that the Government of India under the able leadership of Prime Minister is providing state-of-the-art sports infrastructure, world class coaching and modern resources for promotion of sports in J&K.
Underscoring the significance of sports, the Lt Governor observed that ‘Unity in Diversity’ is the beauty of sports that makes us stronger. It is a powerful medium to spread peace and building a better society, he maintained.
The Lt Governor said that organizing winter games in the UT would promote the local talent and popularize the winter sports among the youth.
The Government has signed an MoU with Suresh Raina Cricket Academy to develop promising cricketers of J&K to National & International level with a comprehensive training programme at a professional level, he added.
Addressing the sportspersons, the Lt Governor advised them to showcase the sportsmen spirit and learn from each other to enhance their skill sets.
You are role models for what the country and Jammu & Kashmir wants to see in today’s heroes. This is your moment in Gulmarg and over the next 5 days, not just Jammu & Kashmir but India will be looking to you for inspiration, the Lt Governor asked the sportspersons.
Union Minister of State (I/C) for Youth Affairs and Sports, Kiren Rijiju, in his address termed the occasion as an important day for sports in India and a leap towards developing winter sports culture and excellence in the country.
Prime Minister’s dream of organising Winter Games in India was fulfilled last year with the first edition of Khelo India Winter Games. The success will be repeated this year as well with the joint efforts of the Government and the enthusiasm shown by the people towards winter games, he added.



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