Omar Abdullah for early resolution of Olympic row


Jammu, Dec 7: Chief Minister, Omar Abdullah Friday expressed the hope that Indian Sports Ministry and Indian Olympic Association will take urgent steps to resolve the issue with International Olympic Association so that Indian Sportsperson could take part in the international events under Indian banner.
 Declaring open 61st All India Police Hockey Championship here this afternoon, Omar Abdullah said that players take pride to march at international events under their National Flag. “They are enthusiastic to represent their country and bring laurels to it”, he said and emphasized the need for early resolution of the row between Indian Olympic Association and that of International Olympic Association.
 Omar Abdullah welcomed the J&K Police Department for holding the All India Police Hockey Championship here and said that during past some years J&K State has been able to organize about a dozen national sports events in the State which is highly encouraging sign for the development of sports and showcasing conducive conditions prevailing in the State for organizing such events more often.
 The Chief Minister referred to the supremacy of India in hockey adding that India once used to be king of international hockey but unfortunately ‘we have to struggle hard to win a medal in this game’. Omar stressed on working out befitting strategy to restore the glory India possessed in the field of hockey.
 Omar Abdullah who is also President of Jammu and Kashmir Sports Council said that State Government is paying full attention to the development and growth of sports and sportsperson. He said that various measures have been taken to nurture talent and provide infrastructure for playing different games in the State at various levels.
 The Chief Minister said that participation in sports not only inculcates discipline and zest to achieve goals in youth but helps them develop holistically. He said that participation in different sports is imperative for the human resource development. He said sports also provide opportunity to the players to make friends and understand different cultures at the national and international levels.
 Director General Police, Ashok Prasad in his welcome address gave details of the tournament and presented resume of the efforts Jammu and Kashmir Police Department is putting in to encourage sportsperson and develop sports in the State.
 Additional Director General of Police, Law and Order, K. Rajindra presented vote of thanks on the occasion.
 Minister for Finance, Abdul Rahim Rather, Minister for Sports and Youth Services, R. S. Chib, Minister for Higher Education, Abdul Gani Malik, Minister of State for Home, Nasir Aslam Wani, Legislators, Chaman Lal Gupta, Ashwani Kumar, Jahangir Mir, Naresh Kumar Gupta, senior police and civil officers were present on the occasion.
 As many as 23 teams from various states and police forces are participating in the Championship which started today and will conclude on December 14, 2012.

Lastupdate on : Fri, 7 Dec 2012 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Fri, 7 Dec 2012 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Sat, 8 Dec 2012 00:00:00 IST

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