CM Jai Ram Thakur inaugurates the 9th National Ice Hockey Championship in Kaza
Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur inaugurated the 9th National Ice Hockey Championship 2022 at Kaza Ice Rink in Lahaul-Spiti district on Sunday. Speaking on the occasion, the Chief Minister said it was the first time the national ice hockey competition and development camp was held in Himachal Pradesh.
He said ice hockey was one of the most popular winter sports in the world.
Thakur said the championship will also boost the development of tourism in the region apart from promoting ice hockey among the younger generation.
He said ice hockey was very popular in Uttarakhand, Ladakh, Kashmir and other Himalayan states.
“Here too, it would give a boost to tourism development in this remote hinterland,” the chief minister said, adding that teams from Himachal Pradesh, Telangana, Ladakh, ITBP Ladakh , Chandigarh and Delhi participated in this mega sporting event.
Thakur said the first 10-day basic ice hockey training camp was held in Kaza in 2019 by the state Department of Youth and Sports Services in conjunction with the Ice Hockey Foundation. women from Ladakh.
He said the state government had announced the Kaza High Altitude Sports Center with an estimated cost of ₹16 crore. He said skate shoes were provided by the Department of Youth and Athletic Services to train players at a cost of ₹27 lakh and ice rinks have been developed by the small scale administration in Lidang, Sagnam, Losar, Tabo and Hikmi. He announced ₹31,000 from its discretionary fund for students at a local school for their cultural performance.
Thakur said the state government recently approved the Swarna Jayanti Sports Policy, 2021 to give a boost to sports activities in the state. He said that under the new policy, a 3% reserve would be given to sportspeople working in government jobs and their diet money had also been increased by more than double.
Under the revised policy, the prize money of ₹3 crores would be given for winning a gold medal in the Olympics, Winter Olympics or Paralympics. He said the silver medalist will receive ₹2crore and the bronze medalist ₹1 crore, he said.
Outraged, ₹15 lakh would be granted for their participation in the Olympics, Winter Olympics and Paralympics, while medal winners from Asia and the Commonwealth would receive a pension and holders of the Arjuna Award, Dhyan Chand Award and Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award would receive a monthly salary, he added.
Tribal Development and Information Technology Minister Ram Lal Markanda said adequate provision had been made in the tribal budget and special emphasis was placed on creating infrastructure in the tribal areas.
The inaugural match was played between Delhi and Himachal in which Delhi won 4-0. In the second game, Chandigarh defeated Telangana 1-0.