Major boost to sports in J&K: Govt to clear 8-year backlog with 210 jobs

JAMMU: With the making of new sports rules by the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir, the stage is set for absorption of sports achievers against 210 posts, including 35 in gazetted cadre (level-8).
The process has been initiated as per the all new rules which came into existence on January six, 2022. Those eligible outstanding sportsperons have been asked to apply with the J&K Sports Council (JKSC) on or before February seven.
The JKSC has been entrusted with the task to scrutinise the documents, including those certificates of merits and other credentials of the applicants.
It has been reliably learnt that the Youth Services and Sports Department at the Civil Secretariat has categorically asked the Sports Council generate the merit lists so that job orders are issued to the whole lot of sports achievers, under new rules, by the end of March, 2022.
There are two athletes, Rakesh Kumar (Archery) and Arif Mohd Khan (Skiing) among the highest achievers at the world stage from J&K in the last one decade or so besides cricketers, Parvez Rasool, Abdul Samad and Umran Malik.
Archer Rakesh Kumar of Holy town of Katra in district Reasi has won a medal in the World Cup and represented India in the Tokyo Paralympics while Arif Mohd Khan has recently become India’s first Skier to qualify in two events at the Winter Olympics to be held in Beijing from February four.
Both Rakesh and Arif Khan shall be at the top of those athletes qualifying for the Gazetted posts following the new sports rules considering their educational qualification. For gazetted cadre, an athlete should be posses a graduate degree.
“The notification, issued on January six, containing new rules (Appointment of Outstanding Sportspersons Rules, 2022) is something genuine and flawless. The document shall go a long way in encouraging sports and sportspersons in J&K. I must say, giving a total of 210 jobs in one go is something historical,” said former India fencer, Rashid Ahmed.
Further, the new rules help strengthen the sports activities within the UT because of the mandatory participation at the district, state/UT and National level competitions prior to International competitions.
In total, 44 disciplines have been covered under new rules. These games are Athletics, Badminton, Basketball, Cricket, Football, Hockey, Swimming, Table Tennis, Volleyball, Tennis, Weightlifting, Wrestling (International Style), Boxing, Cycling, Gymnastics, Judo, Shooting, Archery, Equestrian Sports, Handball, Rowing, Roller/Ice Skating, Skiing, Squash, Billiards and Snooker, Chess, Golf, Kabaddi, Karate, Kayaking and Canoeing, Polo, Powerlifting (Composite events only), Taekwondo, Yachting, Kho-Kho, Softball, Wushu, Fencing, Sports for physically Challenged, Baseball, Netball, PencakSilat, Triathlon and Ice Hockey.