In order to declare a step towards making Jammu and Kashmir a hub of winter sports, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday inaugurated the second Khelo India Winter Games in Gulmarg.
“This is a step towards making India’s presence felt in the international winter games arena and also make Jammu and Kashmir a hub of winter sports,” in a virtual address he stated.
Athletes from 27 states and Union Territories are competing in the Games which will conclude on March 2.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi also said that, “These games in Gulmarg show that Jammu and Kashmir is eager to reach new heights of peace and development. These Games will strengthen the resolve for ‘Ek Bharat, Shreshth Bharat’. I am told the participation has doubled this year and it is a reflection of the inclination towards winter sports in the country”
“When you show your talent in Khelo India-Winter Games, remember that you are not just a part of a sport, but you are also the brand ambassador of a self-reliant India,” the PM said addressing the 1200 participants who have converged at the picturesque Gulmarg.
The disciplines to be competed the Games include alpine skiing, nordic ski, snowboarding, ski mountaineering, ice hockey, and ice skating among others.
The two Khelo India centre of excellence in Jammu and Srinagar and Khelo India centres in 20 districts are great facilities for the young players. Such centres are being opened all over the world,” the PM stated.
All the games are being organized by the Sports Ministry and the Winter Games Association of Jammu and Kashmir.
“The world evaluates India through what you do on the field,” Prime Minister stated.
BY Manoshi Dhar