From the last few years, sports in state Jammu and Kashmir have become a new discourse. A lot has been contributed to the development of sports culture in the state and a lot needs to be done for the overall promotion of young sportspersons and sports in the state.
In order to inculcate sports culture at grass-roots, government is encouraging competitions in different sports disciplines at Panchayat levels and systematically connects the chain of competitions to block, district, provincial, state and national levels.
The incentives for players and successful sports persons have been put as a matter of state policy. However state’s policy towards the sports, which caters the various age groups is a matter of debate, data, suggestions and feedback.
Spirit of sports is only possible thread to bind the deep wounds inflicted by hatemongers and such other protagonists.
An initiative has been taken by the government in form of club registrations and various other programn to catch the talent when it is raw through professionally managed centre’s. Academies in various sports disciplines vis-a-vis martial arts, watersports, fencing, kabbadi, wrestling, boxing are a few to mention which must take lead from state football and cricket academies as have been institutionalized by state sports council in the recent years.
This will be a major intervention for catering the talent from grass-root level and channelizing same for higher levels of competition in these sports.
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