SRINAGAR: About 250 students from different schools and colleges on Monday participated in a programme to raise awareness about ill effects of drug addiction and to promote healthy living though sports, particularly Martial Arts, in the summer capital, Srinagar.
The awareness prorgamme was organised by Jammu and Kashmir Academy of Unified Martial Arts on the occasion of International Sports Day and World Health Day under its initiative ‘Drugs out, Sports In’, at the auditorium of Directorate of Information and Public Relations in Srinagar on Monday.
Appreciating JKAUMA for organising the awareness programme, Director of the Health Services Kashmir Dr Kunzes Dolma, who was the chief guest of the event, highlighted the role of sports, particularly martial arts, in positively channelising the energy of the youth. “I am very happy to see that private organisation, without any assistance, is coming out to fight menace of drugs and promote healthy living though sports in the state. This is the need of the hour as sports could be used to fill the vacuum which forces drug addicts to once again take up drugs after the completion of their counseling,” she said, adding that her department will provide every possible support to JKAUMA in their fight against substance abuse in the state.
Dr Dolma said that such awareness programme should not be confined to Kashmir valley, but should be held in other two regions – Jammu and Ladakh – as well.
Joint Director Directorate of School Education (central) Abid Hussain, Canadian coach and First Dan Black Belt in traditional martial arts Cody Valdas were guest of Honours of the event.
The event was hosted by Fayyaz Ahmad Fayyaz from Department of Education and students from different schools, includingHatric Public School, Linton Hall Public School, Shah-e-Hamdan High School, Tibatian Public School and Aroon Public School, participated in the programme.