The Secretary General of Rowing Federation of India Girish J Phadnis on Thursday met Principal Secretary Industries And Commerce J&K, Navin K Choudhary and Secretary Sports J&K, SarmadHafeez at Civil Secretariat here.
It was first ever high level meeting that any of the Rowing Federation of India official attended in J&K and the aim was to start development of this Olympic discipline sport in J&K. Phadnis called upon Navin K Choudhary who is also President J&K Rowing Association in his office and discussed various ways of promoting the sport in J&K.
The meeting was also attended by Secretary J&K State Sports Council DrNaseemJaved Chaudhry, Water Sports Coach Bilquis Mir and some of the top level water sports players of State.
On the occasion it was decided that J&K would be hosting its first ever National Rowing event soon and will also be procuring the Rowing equipment.
“It was important meeting as first time ever concrete steps have been taken to start promotion of this top level Olympic discipline in State. Secretary Rowing Federation stressed upon J&K officials to take full advantage of natural water resources of J&K in the development of water sports and Rowing in particular,” said J&K Rowing Association official.
“During the meeting it was decided that J&K would be hosting North Zone Indoor Rowing National Championship soon and also J&K Rowing Association headed by Navin K Choudhary would be procuring equipment for the purpose immediately,” official said.
On the occasion Navin K Choudhary assured Rowing Federation Secretary that J&K is taking steps to promote water sports on big level.
“J&K is taking big steps in the promotion of water sports. Already a sanction for the procurement of latest water sport equipment worth Rupees 7 Crores have been sanctioned under central sponsored scheme. Apart from that a new water sports centre is coming up at Nehru Park,” statement quoted Navin K Choudhary.
Secretary Rowing Federation Girish J Phadnis on the occasion said that Federation is keen on to make J&K hub of Rowing training programe.
“We are keen on to make J&K training centre for athletes from all over India. J&K has got natural resources available and we want to take full advantage of that. The altitude also makes it perfect destination for training athletes for Olympic level events,” he said.
Later Girish J Phadnis also met secretary sports SarmadHafeez and discussed the ways to promote Rowing in J&K.
Sarmad Hafeez assured the official all the help from J&K in conducting of National event and also of future coaching camps.