In a first of its kind move, Secretary J&K State Sports Council, Jawaid Ahmad Shah is going to interact with top sports stars here on July 12 to seek inputs on measures needed to develop sports and requisite infrastructure in Kashmir, officials told Greater Kashmir.
A senior official of the Sports Council said the aim of holding the interaction is to get suggestions from top players for the promotion of the respective sports disciplines in Valley.
The meeting would be held on July 12, at 3PM, at the new Administrative Block of the Council at Bakshi Stadium, Srinagar, he added.
The players invited for the meet include Parvez Rasool, Mehraj ud Din Wadoo, Muhammad Akber Khan, Tanveer Hussain, Olympian Gul Mustafa and others, the official said.
He added that apart from top stars, Shah will also interact with some prominent activists who have been working for promotion of sports in the State over the years.
"It will be the first time that a Secretary of JKSSC would hold an exclusive meeting with top sports stars for development of the sports in the State. It will be an all star meeting in which the Secretary will listen to the suggestions from the players for the development of the overall sports structure in J&K", the officials further said.
When contacted, Shah said: "Someone gave me the idea of having a meeting with players like Parvez Rasool and Mehraj ud Din Wadoo. I immediately issued orders for the meet."
"Players are the real representatives who know best what is needed on ground. Every player would be given a chance to put forth suggestions for improving sports infrastructure in the State. They will also be given a chance to suggest ways to improve sports culture," he said.
Welcoming the move JKSDA President Bashir Ahmad Malik said, "It is a good initiative and I hope that these kind of interactions are held in future as well."
Star cyclist Akber Khan said he has been yearning to put forth his suggestions about promotion of cycling sport in the State.
"I hope the Secretary JKSSC will give us a patient hearing and try to implement our suggestions on ground," Khan said.