Union Minister of State (MoS) for Youth Affairs and Sports, Kiren Rijiju on Friday said that Jammu and Kashmir will soon get two Khelo India Centers of Excellence — one each in Srinagar and Jammu — while watersports will begin in the famous Dal lake in the summer months.
Addressing athletes at the world famous ski-resort of Gulmarg in north Kashmir's Baramulla district, the junior minister said that the Centre has approved two Khelo India Centers of Excellence for J&K. "Srinagar and Jammu will soon get the start of art Khelo India Centers for excellence where national and international experts will come and identify the sports talent," he said as per news agency KNO.
He said that each district will have Khelo India Centers where retired players and officials will help identify the sports talent.
"We will ensure that Kashmiri youths' participation in Olympic Games so that Kashmiri boys too get Olympic medals and make the country proud," Rijiju said.
He said that GoI has also approved water sports for Dal Lake in Srinagar in the coming summer. "We will inaugurate water sports in Dale Lake in the summer. Watersports has a great potential in Srinagar and Kashmir," he said.
He said he will personally watch sports events at Gulmarg today and announced that he will also meet representatives of various sports federations and see what further steps can be taken to promote sports activities in Kashmir.