Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine Board won Sportstar’s Sports for Social Good award at the Sportstar Aces Award in Mumbai on Thursday for using the power of sports to make a difference in the communities we are a part of. Nirmala Lakshman, Chairperson, The Hindu Group Publishing Private Limited presented the award to Anshul Garg, CEO, Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine Board.
Katra, situated in the Reasi district of Jammu and Kashmir, is renowned for the esteemed Vaishno Devi Temple. The Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine Board, responsible for overseeing the temple, has extended its influence beyond religious realms, allocating over Rs. 10 crore in 2016 to establish a comprehensive sports facility in the town. This initiative reflects the Board’s commitment to fostering health, teamwork, and sportsmanship through competitive physical activities.
The sports complex, equipped with top-notch infrastructure, encompasses facilities for track and field events as well as popular sports like football, cricket, hockey, judo, and kabaddi. Additionally, the complex accommodates specialised areas for archery, lawn tennis, basketball, volleyball, table tennis, and shooting. In particular, the Board has taken a proactive stance towards nurturing talent in shooting and archery, enlisting professional coaches to elevate athletes to higher competitive standards.
The noteworthy achievements of paraarchers affiliated with the Board underscore its success in sports development. Sheetal Devi, a para-archer, secured three medals at the Asian Para Games in Hangzhou, including two golds in mixed doubles and women’s individual categories, along with a silver in women’s doubles compound event. Rakesh Kumar, another para-archer from Katra, exhibited exemplary performance by clinching three gold medals at the Asian Para Championship.
Furthermore, archers from the Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine Board’s Sports Complex excelled in the Khelo India University Games, securing three medals in the compound event. These achievements not only reflect the Board’s commitment to sports but also showcase the prowess of Katra’s athletes on national and international stages.
The event is presented by Amul, powered by IDFC First Bank in association with Indian Oil. The associate partners are LIC India, State Bank of India, Greyon Cosmetic, India Cements, United India Insurance, NTPC, Ramaiah University. The realty partner is Casagrand, with online grocery partner Big Basket, colour partner Nippon Paint and education partner Christ University. The co-sponsors are Pratiyogita Darpan, SSVM, PSG, Signpost, Digital OOH Partner, NDTV, Broadcast Partner, WordsWork, PR Partner and Dailyhunt, Online Streaming Partner.
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