Srinagar, Oct 9: Chief Minister, Omar Abdullah Wednesday highlighted the rich potential of Jammu and Kashmir in the sector of Golf and asked the concerned agencies to rope in golfers from across the Country and outside to enjoy the sports in the picturesque Valley and other places.
He said the Golf Courses in Srinagar, Gulmarg, Pahalgam, Jammu and the newly coming up at Leh are providing varied geographical conditions and scenic splendour for golfers to enjoy the golf and the mesmerizing surroundings overlooking the Golf Courses in the State.
The Chief Minister this morning tee-off 17th All India Police Golf Tournament here and addressed a function organized on the occasion.
The two day Golf tournament will see around 100 participants from 31 different state and central police organizations including Assam rifles, Prisons, CISF, NCRB, NSG, SPG etc competing for the title. The tournament is sponsored by All India Police Sports Control Board and participants include DGP-level players also. J&K Police is hosting the event for the third time and earlier the tournament was held in Srinagar in 2002 and 2005. The first tournament was held at Shillong in October 1996 and the previous 16th event of tournament was held in Haryana.
Omar Abdullah said that organization of various national level golf tournaments in the State would showcase the beautiful golf courses available in the State and encourage participants to visit here throughout the year.
He said sports tourism is presently emerging as an important activity in the tourism sector to attract high-end tourists and give fillip to economy. He said various stakeholders in the development of tourism should coordinate to organize events in sports, adventure and conventional tourism to attract more and more visitors.
Director General of Police, Ashok Prasad was also present on the occasion.