Like a lot of things in Kashmir the sports infrastructure also is way past its prime. The lack of accountability in the 90s of the last century took a heavy toll on the core infrastructure of a lot of departments, the sports infrastructure been of them.
While we have produced individual talents, child prodigies, great team performances but all this happened due to the sheer determination of the individuals or group of individuals despite all odds. Day in and day out we hear of glories achieved in martial arts by individual performers from Kashmir.
The sports infrastructure, however, was always nothing much to write home about. The only cricket stadium is often used for rallies. The only indoor stadium in Srinagar resembles a ghost house. Many sports grounds have been encroached upon. We heard that the current establishment is serious about developing sports infrastructure, and it should be.
There are a lot of youth who want to excel in sports. They have the requisite sports acumen and stamina. The only thing they lack is proper guidance and upto mark infrastructure. Both are missing at present.
The current establishment can go a long way by starting with a few tournaments with proper SOPs. In the later part, the establishment can start with a few pilot projects at school level in coming days as well. We hope government starts taking sports seriously.