New Delhi, March 17: Central government has urged Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti to provide adequate infrastructure and financial assistance to the state kickboxers after a medal-winning young Kashmiri athlete uploaded a video in social media requesting the government to improve facilities.
Sports Minister Vijay Goel wrote a letter to Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti and asked to take look into the matter personally and take necessary steps towards providing adequate sporting infrastructure for athletes in the field of Kickboxing in the state of J & K.
He further informed that the Central government has funded the establishment of Multi-Purpose Halls in all districts in J & K under the special package. “In case of Miss Tajamul Islam needs some specific assistance as an individual sports person, the Government of India will be happy to consider the request,” sports minister added.
However, the Indian government is always blamed for not providing proper assistance to the sports. However, this time also Tajamul Islam, an 8-year-old Kashmiri girl, who scripted history by winning the Gold medal in World Kickboxing Championship 2016, also complained about the poor infrastructure and also inadequate resources.
Notably, in a short video clip, Tajammul has urged the government to take steps towards creating indoor facilities for the athletes in the state of J&K. She is also seen in the video requesting the government to improve the state of Ali Sports Academy, where she is trained.
I am playing at an international level and I need equipment the most. Look at this room, you can see the condition of our training shed, you will feel ashamed to see its condition, the rainwater trickles down in the shed and makes the ground uneven. One can't practice in winters," she said in the video. She also added how the government promised many things but none were provided.
As soon as the video went viral, the Jammu & Kashmir government has stepped in to improve the infrastructure so that those training can get all the necessary utilities. Mainly, the central government is looking into the matter directly.
Interestingly, Tajamul, who hails from Bandipora district in Jammu and Kashmir had participated in the World Kickboxing Championship that saw the participation of ninety countries. Tajamul grabbed eyeballs when she won six games in five days. Tajamul had defeated her rival from the United States to become the world champion in kickboxing. The girl who grabbed headlines with her success received a grand welcome arrival back home.