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SRINAGAR- LG Manoj Sinha on Wednesday inaugurated the Ellahi Bagh Indoor Sports Stadium, constructed at a cost of Rs 4 crore under PMDP.

Congratulating the locals, especially the youth of Downtown area for the new sports facility, the LG said the Shahr-e-Khas area has evolved as a hub of sporting activities, with youngsters determined to achieve the glory in sports.

The LG further said, “In the last two years, Downtown has witnessed a massive rise in the number of sports being played and a large number of youth pursuing sports professionally.”

Amid the cheers of thousands of locals present at the venue, the LG recounted names of top-class players who recently went to represent the country at the International sporting events.

The LG also appreciated the Jammu and Kashmir Sports Council (JKSC) for preparing and handing over the Ellahi Bagh Indoor Sports Stadium in record time.

The LG said JKSC is looking for sporting talent so that training and other facilities can be provided to them. All sportspersons have the potential to become like Saqib Farooq, Rabia Farooq, Toria Gulzar, Tajim Fayaz, Soliha Yusuf and Farhan Ganai and bring laurels to the nation.

The LG asked the youth to take the inspirations from champions like Sadia Tariq, Shaukat Ahmed and Danish Farooq and dedicate themselves in their respective sports discipline.

On his arrival, the LG took a round of the newly constructed Indoor Stadium, interacted with the young sportspersons and inspected the facilities there.

Junaid Azim Mattu, Mayor SMC, Darakhshan Andrabi, Chairperson J&K Waqf Board,  Arun Kumar Mehta, Chief Secretary, Sarmad Hafeez, Secretary, Youth Services & Sports, Nuzhat Gul, Secretary, J&K Sports Council also spoke on the occasion.

Dheeraj Gupta, Principal Secretary to the Government, H&UDD; Pandurang K Pole, Divisional Commissioner Kashmir; Vijay Kumar, ADGP Kashmir; Mohd Aijaz, Deputy Commissioner Srinagar; Athar Aamir Khan, Commissioner SMC; PRI & ULB members; members of Downtown community, Sikh community and religious leaders; prominent sports personalities, large number of people and youth were present on the occasion.

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