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Feb 26, 2021

PM Modi delivers inaugural address at 2nd edition of Khelo India National Winter Games-2021

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Prime Minister Mr. Narendra Modi today delivered the inaugural address at 2nd edition of Khelo India National Winter Games-2021 through virtual mode.

Lieutenant Governor Sh. Manoj Sinha and Union Minister of State for Youth Affairs and Sports Shri Kiren Rijiju also addressed the huge gathering during inaugural ceremony of the mega event at world famous winter sports destination - Gulmarg.

From February 26 to March 02, 2021, more than 600 Athletes from all over the country are participating in different winter-sports disciplines including Alpine Skiing, Nordic Ski, Snowboarding, Snow Mountaineering, Ice Hockey, Ice Skating, Ice Stock and Snow Shoe.

In his address, the Prime Minister observed that the second edition of Khelo India Winter Games is a major step towards making Jammu and Kashmir a hub of the Winter Games.

He said that winter games in Jammu & Kashmir would help in developing a new sporting ecosystem and would instill new spirit and enthusiasm in the tourism sector in Jammu & Kashmir.

He further said that the experience from this winter games would help the players while participating in the Winter Olympics.

Mr Modi added that with two Khelo India Centres of Excellence and  Khelo India Centres in all 20 districts coming up in J&K, the UT would become the centre of sporting excellence.

Speaking on the occasion, Lieutenant Governor, Manoj Sinha called upon the participating sportspersons to spread the message of Peace, Unity, Goodwill, Love and Empowerment.

He observed that Gulmarg has been acknowledged as a promising Winter-sports destination in the International circuit.

Khelo India Winter Games is not merely an event, it is a mission to bring together the youth from all over the country and showcase our sporting talent to the world, he added.

The Lt Governor said that the mega event is one of the many efforts aimed at engaging the youth in constructive and positive activities.

Expressing gratitude towards the central government for taking several measures for the development of the sports sector in J&K, the Lt Governor observed that the Government of India under the able leadership of Hon’ble Prime Minister is providing state-of-the-art sports infrastructure, world class coaching and modern resources for promotion of sports in J&K.

The Lt Governor said that organizing winter games in the UT would promote the local talent and popularize the winter sports among the youth.

Highlighting measures taken by the UT Government for bringing a revolution in the sports sector of J&K, the Lt Governor said that the Sports Department and J&K Sports Council have been working with great commitment to engage more youth in sports activities.

Union Minister of State for Youth Affairs and Sports Sh. Kiren Rijiju, in his address termed the occasion as an important day for sports in India and a leap towards developing winter sports culture and excellence in the country.

He said that Prime Minister’s dream of organising Winter Games in India was fulfilled last year with the first edition of Khelo India Winter Games.

The success will be repeated this year as well with the joint efforts of the Government and the enthusiasm shown by the people towards winter games.

The Union MoS assured full support of the Union Sports Ministry in taking the sports sector in the UT to new heights.

He informed that Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Sports Complex will be developed into a Khelo India Sports Academy.

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