New Delhi, Mar 17: Sports Minister Vijay Goel urged Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti to provide adequate infrastructure to the state kick-boxers after a medal-winning young Kashmiri athlete uploaded a video in social media requesting the government to improve facilities.
Tajamul Islam, an 8-year-old Kashmiri girl, who had won a gold medal in 2016 World Kickboxing Championship in Italy in the sub-junior category, released a video in social networking site ‘twitter’.
In the video, Tajamul urged “the government to take steps towards creating indoor facilities for the athletes in the state of J&K.”
Tajamul, who could also be seen in the video, requested “the government to improve the state of Ali Sports Academy, where she trains.”
In the letter addressed to the J&K CM, the Sports Minister said: “The Government of India has funded establishment of Multi-Purpose Halls in all districts in J&K under the special package.
“I shall be grateful if you could kindly look into the matter personally and take necessary steps towards providing adequate sporting infrastructure for athletes in the field of kick-boxing in the state of J&K.
“In case Miss Tajamul Islam needs some specific assistance as individual sports person, the Government of India will be happy to consider the request,” the letter said.
Earlier Tajamul in the video hit out at the Jammu and Kashmir government for not providing proper training facilities and equipment for her and other sportspersons from her district.
In a four-minute video uploaded on Facebook, Islam, who won a gold medal at world kickboxing championship in Italy last year, said it is a matter of shame that the state government has not been able to build a proper indoor stadium in Bandipora for sportspersons which could have enabled them to train throughout the year.
"We do not have mats and a proper (roofed) hall where we can practice. The state government talks big but has not done anything to provide these things to us," she said in the video.
While showing the tin shed used as 'indoor hall', the youngster said there was no heating arrangement inside that would have made training possible during winters.
"The roof is also leaking and rainwater has created potholes in the hall floor. Look at the facilities in Jammu and Delhi. Rain does not affect the sportspersons there and they can practice throughout the year," she said.
Islam appealed to the Centre and state government to construct an indoor stadium in Bandipora and also provide the required equipment for her to continue her training.