Yesterday, Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha  said that the Jammu and Kashmir Sports Council had been making extraordinary efforts to create world-class infrastructure and support athletes and coaches to deliver performances on the national and the international stage.

An official spokesman in a statement issued here said that speaking at the inaugural function of the 28th National Masters Table Tennis Championships 2022 at Sher-e-Kashmir Indoor Sports Complex, Srinagar, he said that the J&K Sports Council was reaching out to every young talent.

The championship is being organised by the J&K Table Tennis Association in collaboration with the J&K Sports Council and Indian Veterans Table Tennis Committee under the aegis of the Table Tennis Federation of India.

More than 1000 players and officials from 28 states and eight union territories and different institutions are competing in the championship.

“Be it water sports, cricket, football, badminton, judo, wushu, rugby, tennis, hockey, gymnastics, table tennis, or lawn tennis, we have better coaching and infrastructure in all sporting disciplines,” the LG said.

He said that the Jammu and Kashmir administration had accorded top priority to sports and opportunities as well as resources that had been created to fulfill the dreams and aspirations of millions of talented youths.

The LG said that the government’s effort was to harness the power of youth so that they could unleash their full potential in the sporting arena.

Expressing gratitude to Prime Minister Narendra Modi for ushering in a new sporting era across the country, he said that for the first time, sports and sportspersons were getting due resources, respect, and handholding.

“Earlier, despite having the second-largest population in the world, we were not able to create the sports icons that could inspire the new generation,” the LG said.

He said that the country’s performance in the recently-concluded Commonwealth Games was testimony to the positive change brought in by the Prime Minister.

“Today, our heroes are giving new energy, new inspiration to young India by their spellbinding performances in all major sporting events across the globe,” the LG said.