JKOA demands reconstitution of Sports Council

JAMMU: Jammu and Kashmir Olympic Association (JKOA) today demanded suspense and subsequent reconstitution of the headless autonomous sports body of J&K State Sports Council (JKSSC) for the good of sports and the sportspersons.

The demand was raised by the general secretary of the JKOA, Dr Ashutosh Sharma in a media interaction here today.

"The sports organisation has become headless after its Secretary, Waheed ur Rehman Parra tendered his resignation post fall of the coalition government in the state. So, the Government should immediately dissolve the existing body and reconstitute a new Council consisting of genuine and deserving individuals," said Dr Ashutosh Sharma.

Accompanied by other members of the JKOA, Sharma also demanded a comprehensive report on enormous funds made available to the State of Jammu and Kashmir by the Government of India during the past three years for the promotion and development of sports in the State, especially under ‘Khelo Inida' scheme.

The Association feels that the funds provided by the Centre do not match the sports infrastructure on ground in the state and as such demands immediate commencement of creating infrastructure for various sports activities including Tennis, Football, Shooting, Boxing, Wushu, Athlatics etc so that the state produces sportspersons capable of achieving national and International repute.

The Association resents discrimination against Jammu based sports association which are being deprived of financial assistance/Grand-in-Aid for the conduct of sports activities in their respective areas.

Other JKOA members present in the media briefing mentioned that despite the announcement of international level cricket stadium at Bajalta, the project could not see the light of the day due to the multicrore JKCA scam. Therefore the concerned authorities should initiate measures to begin the work on the same at the earliest.

The Association appeals to the legislators of the state to provide substantial amounts out of their CDF, for the creation of sports infrastructure in the state to channelize the energy of youth.

Keeping in view the fact that Jammu and Kashmir Police has a large bank and resources, the Association appeals to the Police Department to contribute for the creation of sports infrastructure under its Civic Action Programme (CAP)


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