Jammu| March 16: The State government might have not paid any heed towards the video of Kashmiri World Kick Boxing champion Tajamul Islam in which she rues the lack of facilities for the athletes in valley and also demands an Indoor stadium in her home district.
But her request has not fallen to the deaf ears. The government of India has not overlooked, instead it has taken a strong notice of the video which is viral on social networking sites. The 8-year old Bandipora girl laments the lack of infrastructure for athletes in the valley.
Minister of state (Independent Charge) Youth affairs sports Govt of India, Vijay Goel has taken cognizance of the matter and has shot a letter to Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti asking her to create indoor facilities for the athletes.
The letter in possession with the News Despatch reads: “As you may be aware, Miss Tajamul Islam, an 8- year old Kashmiri girl, who scripted history by winning Gold medal in World Kickboxing Championship 2016 held in Italy in the Sub-Junior category has released a video in which she urged the government to take steps towards creating indoor facilities for the athletes in the state of J&K(sic),” letter reads D.O no 21/1/2017-SP-II 1378.
The letter further reads: “She is also seen in the video requesting the government to improve the state of Ali Sports Academy, where she trains. The Government of India has funded establishment of Multi-Purpose halls in all districts in J&K under the special package.”
Mr Goel has asked CM Mufti to 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.
“In case Miss Tajamul Islam needs some specific assistance as individual sports person, the Government of India will be happy to consider the request,” letter reads.