Khelo India fest in Gulmarg reflects J&K touching new heights in peace, devpt: PM

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GULMARG: Prime Minister

Narendra Modi

on Friday said holding of Khelo India International Games Festival at the famous ski-resort of Gulmarg in

north Kashmir

’s

Baramulla

district reflects that J&K is touching new heights in peace and development. He was virtually addressing over 600 participants, including international athletes, of the grand event.
Stressing that every Indian is keenly looking at the event, the PM said: “This festival sends a message across the country — One India, strong India.”
The fact that national and international players are participating in this event will raise the moral and self-confidence of every other participant, the PM said. “This festival will also add to the challenges and competition before the J&K teams and help them further excel in the winter games,” he added.
During his address, the PM announced that Jammu and

Srinagar

will have Khelo India Centres followed by such centres in all districts of India.
He said challenges left by the Covid pandemic are dying down slowly and sports activities are picking up. “Sport is not just a hobby, but you learn team spirit and how to build self-confidence from it,” Modi said, adding: “There are many small countries in the world that are earning fame by excelling in

various fields

of sport.”
The PM said there will be a sports policy that will be followed in each state and UT, where sports professionals and talented youths will be identified. “Seniors will have to teach juniors,” he said, while wishing “all the best” to the participants.
Junior minister in the youth affairs and sports ministry

Kiren Rijiju

, who was present on the field at Gulmarg, later reiterated what the PM said: “Srinagar and Jammu will soon get state-of-the-art Khelo India Centers of Excellence, where national and international experts will come and identify sports talents.” Besides, water sports will begin in the famous Dal Lake in the coming summer, he added.
The junior minister further said: “We will ensure Kashmiri youths’ participation in

Olympic Games

, so that they too get Olympic medals and make the country proud.”
The Khelo India International Games Festival will continue for three days. Nearly all the 900 rooms of various hotels, including star hotels, have been booked for the entire duration in this tourist destination.

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