J&K: Lt Governor inaugurates Khelo India games at Gulmarg

Srinagar, Feb 21 (UNI) Jammu & Kashmir Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha inaugurated the snow sports event of 4th Khelo India Games at the world-famous ski resort of Gulmarg on Wednesday.
Union Minister of State for Youth Affairs & Sports and Home Affairs Nisith Pramanik also graced the occasion.
The Lt Governor conveyed his best wishes to athletes from all over the country participating in different winter-sports disciplines.
Gulmarg witnessed heavy snowfall during the past few days that provided an impetus to the mega event.
“It is a momentous occasion for more than 600 athletes who have been preparing for this spectacular event,” he said.
Sinha invited the athletes, team officials and sports enthusiasts to enjoy the warm hospitality of Jammu Kashmir. Enjoy the thrill of Alpine Ski, Nordic Ski, snow Mountaineering competitions and also enjoy the incredible sights and cuisine of the paradise on earth.
“The 4th Khelo India Winter Games, over the next four days, will honor the hard work, skills, dedication and sporting excellence on the ski slope and I am confident it will renew the spirit of brotherhood, peace and harmony among all the teams,” the Lt Governor said.
At the inaugural ceremony, he highlighted the efforts of the government to promote robust sports culture in cities and villages of the Union Territory.
Under the leadership of Hon’ble Prime Minister Narendra Modi, a new era of sports has emerged in Jammu Kashmir. Renewed thrust on state-of-art infrastructure and allied facilities has given a huge impetus to the sports sector, Sinha observed.
He also expressed gratitude to the Government of India, Union Sports Ministry, Sports Authority of India for their support and cooperation.
Union Minister for Information & Broadcasting and Youth Affairs & Sports Anurag Singh Thakur through a video message, extended his best wishes for the successful conduct of the Khelo India Winter Games event and encouraged the participating athletes to give their best in the tournament.
Pramanik lauded the Lt Governor administration for developing sports infrastructure at grassroot level and setting a milestone for other states as well.