|Early Times Report|
Jammu, Dec 8: Director General Youth Services and Sports Dr. Saleem ur Rehman today said Khel Gaon Nagrota will prove a game changer for sports in Jammu and Kashmir as it can cater to the needs of thousands of sportspersons in the disciplines of Volleyball, Kho-Kho, Athletics, Kabaddi, Handball and even Cricket.
The Director General was interacting with media persons in connection with hosting of 65th National School Games at Khel Gaon from tomorrow.
The DG Sports said that the efforts are on to make Khel Gaon hub of sports in Jammu and Kashmir, adding that events like 65thNational School Games in the discipline of Volleyball Under-17 Boys', will go a long way in establishing this sports facility and making it a real asset in sports.
More than 500 spikers from different parts of the country will be taking part in a five-day long event, beginning tomorrow on the outskirts of Jammu City.
"As many as 500 players from different States and Union Territories will be taking part in the National School Games in Volleyball at Khel Gaon, commencing tomorrow," Saleem-ur-Rehman said.
He added that players from 16 states have already reached here for participation and 18 more are expected to come, adding event will not only promote sports but it will also be helping to aware participants on social issues like 'no use of polythene', 'plantation drive', 'save water' and other allied issues."
Dr Saleem-ur-Rehman further said that each participating State/ Union Territory will be planting 15 trees/plants in a specific area provided to them by the hosts. "It is a joint venture and every participant is a stake holder," Dr Saleem said.
Advisor to J&K LG, Farooq Khan will inaugurate the games in the presence of Financial Commissioner, (Finance) Arun Kumar Mehta at 11.30 am tomorrow.
Bashir Ahmad, Joint Director, Kashmir and Balbir Singh, Assistant Director (Central) flanked the Director General Sports during his interacting with the media persons.