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Ahead of the formal inauguration of third edition of Khelo India 2023, a series of events were organized here at Highland Park, Gulmarg to mark the beginning of the biggest sporting extravaganza from Friday.

On the occasion, Union Minister for Sports and Youth Affairs, Information and Broadcasting, Anurag Singh Thakur, inaugurated a Night Ski Demonstration in LED suits by skiers.

Advisor to Lieutenant Governor, R R Bhatnagar, Chief Secretary, Dr. Arun Kumar Mehta, Secretary Tourism, Sarmad Hafeez, Deputy Commissioner, Baramulla, Dr Sehrish Asgar and Secretary, J&K Sports Council, Nuzhat Gul besides large number of sports lovers were present on the occasion.

Other events that lit the ambience of Snow Capped Gulmarg were Mashaal shows by skiers besides LED dance group and Fire Cracker shows.

Addressing the occasion, the Union Minister said Khelo India is one of the major sports events initiated by the government which has received overwhelming response and participation from across the country. He informed that 1500 players from across India are taking part in this 3rd edition of Khelo India to compete for different sports.

“This will be a historical event which will give a unique and memorable experience to the participants”, the Union Minister maintained.

While sharing his first time experience of playing Snow Cricket at Tangmarg, the Union Minister said, “I have played multiple games and Cricket but it was really great to play this pleasant sport which has given me a unique feeling”.

He lauded the UT administration for launching this innovative game in J&K saying that efforts would be initiated to introduce this sport in other states having a similar climate.

He complimented Lieutenant Governor, Manoj Sinha, led government for transforming the sports profile of the UT and taking the fit India movement to every nook and corner of J&K.

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