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LEH: Ladakh Lt Governor R K Mathur on Friday announced a job reservation for national-level sportspersons, and assured of speedy progress in the development of international-standard sports infrastructure in the union territory.He also expressed hope to see young players from Ladakh participating in the Olympics and other international-level tournaments in the near future.Speaking at the closing ceremony of the first Lt Governor Ice Hockey Men’s Cup 2021 at NDS Sports Complex here, Mathur announced the job reservation for national-level sportspersons from Ladakh.He also assured of steady progress in the development of international standard sports infrastructure and improvement in the quality of sports every year.The Lt Governor apprised the people about the synthetic Astroturf football track, which is at its completion stage, a multipurpose indoor hall at the NDS Sports Complex, 41 ice-hockey rinks at sub-division and block levels, development of sports hostels in Leh and Kargil, and a gymnasium at the Leh indoor stadium.He said 347 primary schools, 368 middle schools, 80 high schools and 36 higher secondary schools with sports infrastructure such as ice hockey, archery and other sporting equipment would be created this year.Mathur also spoke about steps taken by his administration to form sports councils and associations in Ladakh.The Lt Governor said the Municipal Committee of Leh and the Housing and Urban Development department are participating in the ‘Safaimitra Suraksha Challenge’ and endeavouring to put an end to manual scavenging.He reiterated the participation of all citizens of Ladakh in the challenge to make the UT clean and completely eliminate manual scavenging.The Ladakh Scouts Regimental Centre (LSRC) defeated the ITBP 3-0 to lift the first the Lieutenant-Governor Ice Hockey Men’s Cup 2021 at the Ice Hockey Rink.Adviser to LG Ladakh, Umang Narula, commenced the match between the LSRC and the ITBP by throwing the pug.Earlier, Kharu eve’s defeated Domkhar 3-1 in a penalty shootout to emerge winners in the women’s final.The Lt Governor congratulated the winning team and other players for their sportsmanship.Senior BJP leader and Ladakh MP Jamyang Tsering Namgyal said winter sports in Ladakh have seen a major facelift with the conduct of sporting activities throughout the season.He expressed hope to see Ladakh becoming a winter sports capital in the future.
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