Lucknow. Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the second Khelo India Winter Games in Gulmarg and said that the event is a step towards making Jammu and Kashmir a hub of winter sports on Friday (February 26). During his virtual address, the PM said, “This is a step towards making India’s presence felt in the international winter games arena and also to make Jammu and Kashmir a hub of winter sports."
Athletes from 27 states and Union Territories are competing in the Games which will conclude on March 2. "These games in Gulmarg show that Jammu and Kashmir is eager to reach new heights of peace and development. These Games will strengthen the resolve for ''Ek Bharat, Shreshth Bharat," the PM Modi further added.
"When you show your talent in Khelo India-Winter Games, remember that you are not just a part of a sport, but you are also the brand ambassador of a self-reliant India," the PM said addressing the 1200 participants who have converged at the picturesque Gulmarg.
The event, organized by the ministry of youth affairs and sport in collaboration with the J&K sports council and Winter Games Association of J&K will see many cultural programs besides stalls of ethnic food and local crafts. Meanwhile, J&K Lt. Governor Manoj Sinha and Union Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju were present at the venue for the inauguration even as Gulmarg received fresh snowfall in the morning.