(MENAFN- Kashmir Observer)
SRINAGAR- Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha on Wednesday inaugurated the first-ever National Rowing Championship in J&K.
Addressing the participants at the inaugural event at SKICC, the LG extended his invite to each member of the sporting fraternity, from across the country, to enjoy the warm hospitality and the spectacular games.
“The National Rowing Championship will provide a unique opportunity for young sportspersons from all over the country to display sporting excellence and share the camaraderie and sportsmanship,” observed the LG.
The LG said the Nehru Park's Water Sports Centre, inaugurated last year, is equipped with world class infrastructure for kayaking, canoeing and rowing. He urged sportspersons to take advantage of the world class infrastructure with a focus on medals in the international arena.
“Every day around 400 children including girls are being imparted specialized training through this Water Sports Centre. In the last three years, our players have won 100 medals in national level competitions in kayaking and canoeing and many players have also represented the country in international tournaments,” the LG added.
A water sports centre like Srinagar is also being built in Basohli in Jammu division, which will be equipped with state-of-the-art infrastructure and facilities.
Rajlaxmi Singh, President Rowing Federation of India while speaking on the occasion extended gratitude to LG for his support in organising the National Rowing Championships-2022 in J&K. She said that the region has immense talent pool in the field of sports with many sports persons are making their mark at the international level. Dal Lake has the potential to host international level water sports events, she added.
S.A. Watali, Organizing Secretary, delivered the welcome address.
On the occasion, Oath was also administered to the participants to abide by the spirit of the game.
The teams will compete in different categories in the course specially made for the championship in Dal Lake.
Dilbag Singh, DGP; SJM Gillani, ADGP Armed; Alok Kumar, Principal Secretary Youth Services and Sports; Pandurang K Pole, Divisional Commissioner Kashmir; Vijay Kumar, IGP Kashmir; MV Sriram Secretary General RFI; Nuzhat Gul, Secretary, J&K Sports Council; Arjuna and Dronacharya Awardees, Olympians, coaches, participants from across the country, technical officials, Officers of RFI besides others were present on the occasion.
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