SRINAGAR: Jammu and Kashmir Union Territory athletes have made history with a record-breaking 46 medals in the 37th National Games, concluding on Friday in Goa. Rhythmic gymnastics set the foundation with silver medals, followed by an impressive display across various events resulting in a total of forty-six medals – fourteen gold, fourteen silver, and eighteen bronze, reported The Daily Excelsior. The J&K team secured positions within the top 12 performers in the games.
Before this event, J&K had rarely surpassed double-digit medal counts, with notable exceptions in 2011 and 2015. In 2011, the team bagged twelve medals, ranking twenty-sixth, while in 2015, they claimed fifteen medals, including three golds. This remarkable achievement signifies a significant improvement for the J&K team.
Advisor R.R Bhatnagar praised the contingent, attributing their success to relentless dedication and an unyielding spirit. He, as per The Daily Excelsior said, “The countless hours of rigorous training, strategizing, and hard work you have put into honing your craft have paid off in the most glorious fashion.”
Sarmad Hafeez, Commissioner Secretary, Youth Services and Sports Department, expressed immense pride in seeing J&K players shine on the national stage, bringing glory to the Union Territory. He remarked, “The athletes have showcased their exceptional skill levels and coupled their passion with determination and commitment to bring laurels to J&K.”
Secretary Sports Council, Nuzhat Gull, commended each member of the winning team for demonstrating unparalleled sportsmanship, passion, and commitment.