PM inaugurates Khelo India Winter Games, says will make Jammu & Kashmir winter sports hub

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday inaugurated the second Khelo India Winter Games in Gulmarg and mentioned that the occasion is a step in the direction of making Jammu and Kashmir a hub of winter sports activities.

Athletes from 27 states and Union Territories are competing within the Games which is able to conclude on March 2.

“This is a step towards making India’s presence felt in the international winter games arena and also make Jammu and Kashmir a hub of winter sports,” he mentioned in a digital deal with.

“These video games in Gulmarg present that Jammu and Kashmir is keen to achieve new heights of peace and improvement. These Games will strengthen the resolve for ‘Ek Bharat, Shreshth Bharat’.

“I am told the participation has doubled this year and it is a reflection of the inclination towards winter sports in the country,” he added.

The disciplines to be competed the Games embrace alpine snowboarding, nordic ski, snowboarding, ski mountaineering, ice hockey, and ice skating amongst others.

“When you show your talent in Khelo India-Winter Games, remember that you are not just a part of a sport, but you are also the brand ambassador of a self-reliant India,” the PM mentioned addressing the 1200 contributors who’ve converged on the picturesque Gulmarg.

“The world evaluates India through what you do on the field,” he added.

The Games are being organised by the sports activities ministry and the Winter Games Association of Jammu and Kashmir.

“The two Khelo India centre of excellence in Jammu and Srinagar and Khelo India centres in 20 districts are great facilities for the young players. Such centres are being opened all over the world,” the PM acknowledged.

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