KATRA, AUGUST 17 ( KINS ) : Prime Minister Narendra Modi today interacted via a virtual conference with Paralympic-bound Indian athletes included two Para Archers namely Rakesh Kumar and Joyti Baliyan who have been trained at Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Sports Complex, Katra.
Prime Minister also interacted with their families from their native places. Rakesh Kumar is native of Katra while Jyoti Baliyan though belongs to Uttar Pradesh but has been trained at the Shrine Board’s Sports Complex, Katra for the last 4 years. These Archers have qualified for Tokyo Paralympic Games scheduled to be held between August 24 and September 5.
The motive behind this interaction of PM is to encourage the players and motivate them ahead of their participation at the high-pressure Games.
Shrine Board’s Sports Complex has been producing sportspersons of national and international standards in various sporting disciplines viz., Archery, Athletics, Judo, Shooting, Badminton etc, who have been showing promising results in varied competitions. Moreover, SMVDSB Archery Academy has been accredited under Khelo India by Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sports, Govt. of India.
Lieutenant Governor, Jammu and Kashmir who is also the Chairman of Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine Board congratulated both the sportspersons and wished them luck in the showpiece event. Dr. Ashok Bhan, Member Shrine Board and Chairman of Governing Council of Shrine Board’s Sports Complex and Ramesh Kumar, Chief Executive Officer, SMVDSB have also congratulated them for qualifying the Tokyo Paralympics and wished them grand success in the event.