Minister for Information Technology, Technical Education, Youth Services and Sports, Imran Raza Ansari on Saturday said that Sports help a person not only to maintain the physical and mental equilibrium of the body but also makes a person disciplined and helps to imbibe sportsmanship, tolerance, patience and a teamwork.The Minister said this while felicitating the winners of 63rd National School Games Wushu tourney for boys U-17 and 19 years. The event was organised by the J&K Youth Services and Sports (JKYSS) under aegis of School Games Federation of India (SGFI). A total of 15 teams across country participated in the event.Speaking on the occasion, the Minister said that it is an endeavour of government to create the sports atmosphere in the state to involve more youth in the sports arena, to hone and give proper shape to their dreams. “Sports department has done a commendable job while hosting this year’s National School Game festival in the state and every officer associated with sports field need to use their realistic ideas to make sports department more vibrant and successful,” He added.Ansari said that Wushu and other related games including Karate should be introduced and taught to the children as the game is having many health related benefits besides being a tool of self defence especially for the women folk.
Moreover, Ansari said that the participants of these games who had come from across the country are the peace ambassadors of the state who can change the perception of people outside state and will provide a chance for outsiders to see the real picture of the state which is totally different as presented by a section of media.He said such games shall also help the state sportsman to a large extent and eventually open more avenues for them to participate at the national and international platforms.On the occasion, Director YSS lauded the efforts of the field staff of Youth Services and Sports (YSS) in making the event a grand success and said that the state contingents who are taking part in various National Level Events are doing exceptionally well and have won many medals for the state so far.He applauded those players of J&K who played quality game and clinched medals in the 63rd NSG Wushu Championship.The Minister was accompanied by Additional Secretary to Government YSS, Rajnish Kumar, Director YSS, Sheikh Fayaz, J.D YSS, Madan Lal, Members from SGFI and other senior officers of the Sports department were also present. Among others senior officers of Wushu federation, Vijay Saraf was also present.