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Contrary to the common belief, sports are not a medium of recreation but a system of manifestation which leads to holistic development and progressive configuration of the mind and body. The importance of sports was celebrated in the Niru Valley of Bandipore District with great zest and zeal . During the conduct of Niru Sports Festival in Bandipora to commemorate the 9th National Sports Day celeberated with enthusiasm by keeping in view the importance of Sports in their mind .

The event was inaugurated by Mr Aijaz Ahmad Khan, Block Development Chairman of Tulail Block. The event was marked by conduct of numerous sports events to include 100 meters sprint, 200 meters and 400 meters sprint, 4 x 400 meters relay race, Javelin throw, Long jump, High jump, Archery competition and Volleyball matches.

The credit which shaped the event to grand success was the enthusiasm rather then then efforts of the organizational authority. About 136 athletes from 10 different villages of the region participated in the sports festival proved their potential in the field.

The participation of the youth in such overwhelming number bears testimony to the fact that these sons of the soil are no more a hostage of the geographical adversities and economical deprivations faced by Gurez for decades. The importance of the event will touch the hights of sky when the youth expresses solidarity with the men in uniform who are organizing such great events which demands for smart healthy society in future. Such event bears testimony to the fact that the youths of Gurez are ready to break the chains of shackles of deprivation and plunge towards prosperity hand in hand with the rest of India. The day is not faraway when the representation of indian sports in the international arena will be incomplete without representation from Gurez.