Srinagar: The J&K High Court has directed the Government of J&K through Secretary, Department of Youth Services and Sports, and the J&K Sports Council to prepare a list of available training and sports facilities as well as available equipment for various sports in the state, within three days. The court directed that the list be circulated to all sports federations across the state.
A division bench of Chief Justice Gita Mittal and Justice Sanjeev Kumar issued the directions in view of newspaper reports on the dismal state of sports facilities in J&K.
The bench remarked on the lack of sports infrastructure and opportunity for children to compete in national-level school games. The bench called for ensuring at the earliest availability of sports infrastructure as well as opportunities for children and youth to participate in sports competitions.
The court has directed Amicus Curiae Syed Faisal Qadri to reach out to the Pullela Badminton Academy, the Prakash Padukone Badminton Academy, the Mary Kom Boxing Academy, and the Tejpal Dhaliwal Basketball Academy to suggest ways in which these games can be encouraged in J&K.
“Their assistance for developing facilities and training in their sport in J&K is requested,” the court said.
The court also directed the Amicus Curiae to contact these academies on telephone and forward copies of the orders of the court to them, requesting them if they could respond before the next date of hearing.
On the previous hearing of this matter, the court had taken suo motu cognisance of news reports on sports infrastructure in the state and had registered a public-interest litigation (PIL) against lack of sporting facilities in indoor and outdoor stadiums of J&K.
The court had issued notices to the Union of India through Secretary, Youth Services and Sports, and to Government of J&K through Secretary, Department of Youth Services and Sports, and to J&K Sports Council, J&K Sports Association, and other sports federations to file their responses on this issue.