In major push to sports, Jammu and Kashmir government announces a football club for every Valley village

first_imgAt a time when the Kahsmiri youths seem to be at logger heads with the government, the state is trying to give a boost to the sports infrastructure in the Valley.In a big development, the Jammu and Kashmir government has announced to establish football clubs in every village of the Valley. A recent meeting of the Standing Committee of J&K Sports Council announced an initial amount of Rs 50 lakhs in this regard.Presiding the meeting, Minister for Youth Services and Sports, Technical Education and Information Technology, Imran Raza Ansari said, “The government is trying every bit to create world class sports facilities for the local talent to flourish. Our youth has already proved their mettle in the recent sports events at national and international levels.”CHANNELISING ENERGY OF YOUTH In the meeting, the minister hinted that is was important that the energy of the youth is channelised towards the betterment of the society and the state. What could also be seen as an important development in this regard is that instructions were passed to try and reserve the sports infrastructure for girls atleast 2 days a week. It was also decided that high tech information technology units should also be set up in the State Sports Council. This to ensure that the information about sports events is sent across swiftly.Ansari also announced enhancement of honorarium of the contractual coaches and Rs three lakh to each district Sports Council for the promotion of sports activities. The minister said Secretary Sports Council Waheed Rehman Parra will monitor the sports activities and appoint experts for the screening of sports candidates.advertisementFOOTBALL IN KASHMIR After cricket, football has again started gaining popularity in the Valley. An indicator to this is that earlier the game used to be played during summer months only but now events can be seen organised through out the year.The Jammu and Kashmir Football Association (JKFA) which was first formed in 1964 claims to have witnessed a dramatic increase in the number of youngsters interested in the sport in the past years. “There is enthusiasm about this sport among the youth. We have seen a lot of people showing interest and participating in events,” says an official of the JKFA.Even though the game had seem a slump in between but it has been one of the oldest sports being played in the Kashmir Valley. Historians believe football was introduced in Kashmir in 1890 by a British missionary, Canon CE Tyndale Biscoe. The Valley has produced several top football players for the country. Footballer Mohammad Yousuf Dar became the first senior footballer of the state to represent the country in 1970s. Abdul Majeed Kakroo, represented India from 1981 to 1989.Also read: Kashmiri girl, whose photo of pelting stones went viral, wants to play football for IndiaAlso read: Kashmir boys to play in Spanish football club WATCH THE VIDEO HERE: Kickboxing sensation from Kashmir Tajamul Islam’s rise to glorylast_img

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