Anurag Singh Thakur and the Hon’ble LG of Jammu and Kashmir Manoj Sinha on Saturday launched the 3rd Khelo India Winter Games mascot, theme song and jersey.
Hon’ble Union Minister of Youth Affairs and Sports Anurag Singh Thakur and the Hon’ble LG of Jammu and Kashmir Manoj Sinha on Saturday launched the 3rd Khelo India Winter Games mascot, theme song and jersey.
The Winter Games are scheduled to be held from the 10th to 14th this month. Approx 1500 athletes across the country will take part in the games that will take place in Gulmarg and will be played across 9 sports events.
Speaking at the launch ceremony, Shri Thakur mentioned, “The Winter Games, being hosted here in Gulmarg in Jammu and Kashmir embodies the visions of the Honourable Prime Minister Shri. Narendra Modi – on the one hand it has given a chance to the youth of the valley to not just participate in the Games but also to witness an enthralling sporting competition with players from all across the country, in the comfort of their home town and it also acts as a springboard for talented athletes to showcase their sporting prowess.”
The Khelo India Winter Games started in 2020 and it is supported by the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports and is organized by the J&K Sports Council as well as the Winter Games association of the J&K.
Elaborating further on how the sports has made an impact in the valley, Shri Thakur added,
“In places like Shopian, where till not so long ago the youth was misled into performing acts of stone pelting, taking drugs and indulging in such activities, sports has changed their life. As part of the My Youth, My Pride programme of the UT, the youth have turned to playing sport and chosen a positive life path. Indeed, Jammu and Kashmir has become an example for the entire country. I hear that not just youngsters, but the entire community has come out to support sports here.
“This is the true spirit of building a sports culture in the country, which can take India to great heights as a sporting superpower.