The grand ‘Udhampur Olympics 2017’which was being organized under Civic Action Programme of District Police was declared open today by the Chief Guest, Deputy Chief Minister Dr. Nirmal Singh at District Police lines Udhampur.
MLA Udhampur Pawan Kumar Gupta, MLA Chenani Dinanath Bhagat, IGP Jammu Danish Rana , DIG Udhampur –Reasi Range Nissar Ahmed, Deputy Commissioner Niraj Kumar and SSP Dr. Shailendra Kumar Mishra were also present during the opening ceremony of the grand event.
Quoting that children are future of a nation, the Dy CM said that the progress and development of a country depends, to a larger extent, on the health of the children. He said that by participating in various sports activities, they can become physically fit and added that promoting sports ,hence, becomes indispensable for the all round development of the children as well as for the overall development of a nation.
Stating that the present Government is committed to promote sports, Dr Singh said that a package of 200 crores has been announced by the Central Government for the promotion of sports in the state which would be utilized for the construction of Indoor Sporting halls in all the districts of the state and up-gradation of stadiums in the state capitals . Besides this, Dr Singh said that the present dispensation is putting in its best efforts for providing all the facilities required for encouraging the spirit of sportsmanship in the young players.
The DyCM added that the all round development of the children is the only key to progress of a country. Stating that girls are not less than boys in any field ,the DyCM said, that a number of women players have made our country proud by winning medals under different categories of sports in the Olympics .He congratulated the District Police and District Administration for organizing such a mega sports event in the district.
The grand opening ceremony began with the taking of salute at an impressive march past by the Dy CM. Dr Singh also witnessed a Kabaddi match and Kho- Kho match on the occasion and appreciated the enthusiasm shown by the young players. Various colourful cultural programmes were presented by the students of the different education institutions which received huge appreciation from the audience. The District Information Centre, Udhampur also organized a cultural event depicting the rich Dogra culture on the occasion. The main attraction of the programme was the performance by the Dare Devils of Police Department who left the audience spell bound by creating different formations while driving bikes.
Earlier, the SSP apprised the Chief Guest about the various sports events which are being organized and informed that the Udhampur Olympics would include 13 different events under different categories such as Table Tennis, Cricket, Badminton, Volley Ball, Hand Ball, Kabaddi, Kho-Kho, Tug of War, Athletics etc. He said that the Mega Sports Event had seen the participation of more than 2200 participants and informed that more than 500 participants had participated in the various cultural programmes .At the end, Dr. Singh distributed prizes among the winners of Cultural events.
Among others, ADC Avny Lavasa, ASP M. L. Kainth, Joint Director Planning Rakesh Jamwal, ACR Subhash Chander Dogra ,PO- DRDA Dr. Jagdish Chander Mehra, CEO Bishan Singh and other officers of District Administration and District Police besides teachers and large number of students attended the opening ceremony.