SRINAGAR: Focusing on upgrading existing and new sports infrastructure, Sports Council Secretary Nuzhat Gull, accompanied by a team of engineers and officials, visited several stadiums and indoor sports complexes to monitor the ‘advancement of various works in progress where she gave on-site instructions for the first completion of ongoing projects with an eye on possibilities for future development.
Earlier in the morning, Gull visited the multipurpose indoor sports hall, Nilan Drussu, Bhijbehara Anantnag to inspect the progress of various works in preparation for the early inauguration of the sports facility. Gull gave on-site instructions to the Divisional Sports Officer (K) for the early supply and installation of sports equipment, accessories and furniture at the earliest.
The attraction of the day was the inauguration of the first cricket academy of its kind in South Kashmir. The academy is the result of the vision of Nuzhat Gull who ensured that all necessary equipment and gear was approved for this new unit, which has the potential to meet the needs of the budding cricket fleet in and around South Kashmir.
Disclosing the details, Gull said the academy would be run under a makeshift arrangement put in place at the Bhijbehara Boys’ Government Upper Secondary School on professional lines by cricketer ace Parveez Rasool. However, Gull said the academy will soon be moved to the new Nilan Drussu sports complex within three months and the engineer involved has been urged to meet the deadline and hand over the facility complete in all respects.
While interacting with the academy trainees, Nuzhat Gull said she intends to make this unit a center of cricket activity and assured her full support. Speaking on the occasion, Nuzhat Gull said that she would advocate for the inclusion of this cricket academy in the PMDP and thus pave the way for the establishment of the first Khelo India Center for Cricket in J&K. The Secretary of the Sports Council also provided the trainees with training and training equipment as well as other cricket equipment.
The trainees who were overwhelmed during their interaction with the Secretary of the Sports Council vowed to return the favor by proving their courage at the academy and in their future cricket activities. The youngest trainee, 9-year-old cricketer Misbah Hilal has vowed to work hard as he aspires to play for the national team like his coach and mentor Parveez Rasool.
The inauguration of the cricket academy was followed by the opening of Sports Nursery at Play Filed Pahalgam. Gull said this was a long-standing demand from sportspeople in the region, which led to the establishment of the first such initiative to reach out to the talents of the peripheries and nurture them under the tutelage. professional trainers. The secretary of the Sports Council had tasked the Pahalgam playground manager to register the trainees in different sports disciplines, allowing them to be part of different training camps. Nuzhat Gull interacted with registered players and also distributed sports equipment and equipment.
The secretary of the Sports Council gave on-site instructions to the engineering team for leveling the playing field and setting up the volleyball court on modern lines.
The full-day tour ended with a visit to the Seer Hamdan Cricket Stadium where she interacted with various activists and sports players. The players requested the installation of a turf wicket to which the secretary of the Sports Council replied in the affirmative. She also led the relevant engineering team for a good leveling of the playing field.
The secretary was accompanied by executive engineer Hilal Ahmad, junior engineer Ishfaq Ahmad and other officials from the Sports Council.
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