Possibility of scaling up water sports activities in JK discussed

SRINAGAR: Secretary General, Rowing Federation of India (RFI), Girish J Phadnis on Thursday called on Principal Secretary, Industries and Commerce Department Navin K. Choudhary to discuss the possibility of scaling up water sports activities in Jammu and Kashmir. The meeting was attended by Secretary J&K State Sports Council Naseem Javid Choudhary, and Secretary of the Association Bilquis Mir.

Principal Secretary who is also the President of J&K Association for Rowing & Sculling, on the occasion underscored the huge water sports potential in Jammu and Kashmir in view of large number of big water bodies like, Dal lake, Nageen lake, Mansbal lake, Wullar lake, Pyongong and Tsomoriri lakes in Ladakh, Mansar lake, Surinsar lake, Ranjeet Sagar dam and Baglihar lake in Jammu.

He emphasised that with the building of infrastructure and training facilities, boys and girls of Jammu and Kashmir will be winning national and international medals within a period of two years. During the interaction, it was informed that the tender process for procurement of world-class boats for rowing and kayaking is underway and will be made available by November, 2019. Navin Choudhary directed the Secretary of the Association for follow up for timely delivery of these equipment.

On the occasion, Secretary General, Rowing Federation of India also asked for Indoor Rowing and for building a team for which a minimum of twelve Ergo Meters will be required at a cost of Rs 20 lakh. Immediately on the request made by Choudhary, two noted industrialists of Kashmir Altaf Bukhari and Shahid Kamili donated Rs 5 lakh each to meet half of the requirement. Navin Choudhary assured that he will approach other industrialists to meet the balance requirement of Rs10.00 lakh to have the world class equipment for Rowing team.