Jammu: A five day Junior National 56th Artistic and 25th Rhythmic Gymnastics meet commenced on Monday here at Maulana Azad Stadium Jammu. The gymnastics meet being held from November 22 to 26.
Advisor to Lieutenant Governor Jammu Kashmir, Farooq Khan who holds portfolio of Youth Services and Sports was the chief guest and inaugurated the event by lighting the lamp in the presence of MP Jugal Kishore Sharma, JMC Mayor Chandra Mohan Gupta, Secretary JK Sports Council Nuzhat Gull, President All India Gymnastics Sudhir Mittal and President JK Gymnastics Association Kiran Wattal.
While addressing in inauguration ceremony, the Advisor said the participants of 27 states and UTs are the real messengers of peace and harmony. “We hope that the participants will enjoy the beauty and warm welcoming culture of J&K and spread the word of this soul soothing beauty in their home states,” Khan said.
He said that it is a matter of pride for Jammu that national level competition is being held here.
The gymnastics hall of MA Stadium Jammu is the world class hall which is totally dedicated to Gymnasts, Khan added.
Advisor said that the government developed gymnastics hall in Jammu for the very purpose of promoting sports.
All India Gymnastics Association President, Sudhir Mittal said that J&K is emerging as one of the best gymnastics hub in India and in the coming times would give a tough competition to other states.
J&K Sports Council Secretary, Nuzhat Gull said that sports sector has been emerging as a one of the finest sectors of UT J&K. “Government has been working tirelessly to uplift the sports infrastructure,” she added.
Kiran Wattal, President J&K Gymnastics Association said, “First time in the history of Jammu & Kashmir, the national championship of Gymnastics is being held here.” He said that it is the result of collective efforts of Government, Sports Council and Gymnastics Association.
While talking to Greater Jammu, MP Jugal Kishor Sharma said that PM Modi led Government is leaving no stone unturned to uplift and promote the sports culture in J&K.
Chandra Mohan Gupta said that is matter of pride that first time in the city of temples national Gymnastics event is being held. Mayor assured all possible help in the line of sports.
Teams from Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh, Telangana, Tamil Nadu, Tripura, Rajasthan, Punjab, Orissa, Maharashtra, Manipur, Madhya Pradesh, Karnataka, Kerala, Jharkhand, Jammu and Kashmir, Goa, Gujarat, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Delhi and many others will be showcasing their talent in the five-day long national championship.
Nearly 600 players and 200 officials from across the country are also participating. Gymnastics Association of Jammu and Kashmir and J&K Sports Council are the key hosts of the Championship.