Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah on Thursday said extra-curricular activities should form integral part of education and sports persons should be nurtured from their school days.

Highlighting the importance of sports in human resource development the CM said, “Due to disturbances in the state for about 20 years, sports received a serious jolt like other activities. We have to revive interest in sports and games and initiate a comprehensive sports development programme.”

Inaugurating three sports stadia constructed by the Army under operation Sadbhawana (goodwill) at Kulgam, Budgam and Ganderbal districts, he said possibilities should be explored to develop mini-indoor sports complexes to keep alive sports activities in the state where extreme climatic conditions do not allow out-door games in all seasons.

Severe winter and snow restrict outdoor games like cricket, football and hockey in the valley, he said.

The youth welfare and sports department has been directed to provide all facilities to sportspersons to develop their talents.

The chief minister said “extra-curricular activities should form integral part of education and talent available in the field of sports should be nurtured.”

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