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In Pictures: PM Modi inaugurates Khelo India Winter Games in J&K's Gulmarg

05:51 PM Feb 26, 2021 |

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday 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.

Athletes from 27 states and Union Territories are competing in the Games which will conclude on March 2.

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"This is a step towards making India's presence felt in the international winter games arena and also make Jammu and Kashmir a hub of winter sports," he said in a virtual address. "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'. "I am told the participation has doubled this year and it is a reflection of the inclination towards winter sports in the country," he added.

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The disciplines to be competed the Games include alpine skiing, nordic ski, snowboarding, ski mountaineering, ice hockey, and ice skating among others.

"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 world evaluates India through what you do on the field," he added.

The Games are being organised by the sports ministry and the Winter Games Association of Jammu and Kashmir.

Check out the pictures:

Jammu and Kashmir, Feb 26 (ANI): Union Minister for Youth Affairs and Sports Kiren Rijiju along with Lieutenant Governor of Jammu and Kashmir Manoj Sinha during 2nd edition of Khelo India winter games 2021, in Gulmarg on Friday.
Jammu and Kashmir, Feb 26 (ANI): Union Minister for Youth Affairs and Sports Kiren Rijiju along with Lieutenant Governor of Jammu and Kashmir Manoj Sinha seen during 2nd edition of Khelo India winter games 2021, in Gulmarg on Friday.
New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi speaks during the inauguration of Khelo India Winter Games in Gulmarg, via video conferencing, in New Delhi, Friday, Feb. 26, 2021.
Gulmarg: Artists perform "Rouf" dance at the inaugural function of 2nd Khelo India National Winter Games, at the ski resort of Gulmarg, Friday, Feb. 26, 2021.
Jammu and Kashmir, Feb 26 (ANI): Participants during 2nd edition of Khelo India winter games 2021, in Gulmarg on Friday.

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