‘1,43,959 players to compete in 3,402 matches at many venues’
STATE TIMES NEWS
SRINAGAR: Advisor to Lieutenant Governor, Farooq Khan on Friday unveiled the calendar of football activities for the year 2021-2022 at Civil Secretariat here.Principal Secretary, Youth Services and Sports, Alok Kumar, CEO Mission Youth J&K Shahid Iqbal Choudhary, Secretary JK Sports Council, Nuzhat Gull and President Jammu Kashmir Football Association Z A Thakur were also present on the occasion.The calendar contains detailed information and schedule about sports events to be organised by the Jammu & Kashmir Sports Council in the UT starting from July 2021 upto March 2022. The series of activities and tournaments will witness the participation of 143959 players throughout 3402 matches to be played in Jammu, Kashmir and outside the UT.The Football activities shall resume from July 5th at Srinagar starting with the remaining matches of J&K Premier League 2020-21 which is being played in four disciplines. 44 matches shall be played in Football discipline at Srinagar & Jammu in both men’s and women’s category. Other events like Professional Football League shall also kick start from July 12th.Advisor Khan while releasing the calendar lauded the efforts of Jammu and Kashmir Sports Council for organizing sports activities in different parts of the UT so that the youth energy could be channelized in constructive activities. He said that this will provide an opportunity for the sportspersons from Jammu and Kashmir to showcase their talent and compete with the best of the lot.Advisor further said that the Government was committed to provide National level sports infrastructure with a view to organise high end competition in the UT to harness the potential of budding sportspersons. He said that due to the encouragement being provided by the Government to the sportspersons, the youth of the UT have excelled in the sports activities at various national and international tournaments.Advisor further directed that COVID 19 precautions and health advisories and SOP’s be strictly followed for the safety of one and all. He also directed to have limited spectators and ensure vaccination of all players and officials, besides ensuring regular testing for better safety standards.Principal Secretary Alok Kumar briefed the Advisor that they have already directed to provide free testing booths at TRC during the matches.The activities to be held include two editions of J&K Premier League, All panchayat/Block Level Tournament, Youth League Boys/Girls, Professional League Tournament, Annual Football League, Futsal Tournament, Knockout tournament, Annual UT Championship and will conclude with the participation of J&K teams in National Tournaments and I-League.Annual Calendars for other sports will also be unveiled in days to come. On the directions of Lieutenant Governor, Sports Council is all set to organise activities in 53 different sports disciplines under the tag line “Ab Roz Khelenge Hum” adhering the SOP’s strictly.
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