The improvement of sports infrastructure and the regular happening of sports events in Jammu and Kashmir after the abrogation of Articles 370 and 35(A) three years ago has made it an emerging hub of sports.
Be it cricket, martial arts, volleyball, athletics and other sports, regular competitions are being organised in the Union Territory under the ‘Khelo India’ programme. This has encouraged many players to qualify for national and international sports events.
Recently, Aqsa Gulzar clinched the Bronze Medal in the World Pencak Silat Championship 2022- Malaysia, whereas Zahid and Sajjad from the valley are selected for the Under 20 Indian National Football Team for the SAFF Championship 2023.
Chain Singh, an ace shooter from Doda brought laurels to Jammu and Kashmir after winning a silver medal at the shooting World Cup in Korea in the 50-meter rifle three position team. Judoka Akshay Sharma has also been selected for national coaching camp at New Delhi & for cadet and youth Asian championship Thailand 2022.
There are countless names in the sports arena from Jammu and Kashmir who are showcasing their talent. According to the Sports Council of Jammu and Kashmir, around 500 athletes won medals at various games at the national level.