Union Minister for Information & Broadcasting and Youth Affairs & Sports, Anurag Thakur, on Monday inaugurated newly constructed State-of-the-art BSF Hockey Turf Ground at BSF campus here in the presence of Nitin Agrawal, Director General, BSF.
During the inauguration P V Rama Sastry, SDG Western Command, Chandigarh, Dr. Atul Fulzele, IG BSF, Punjab Frontier alongwith other BSF Officials and distinguished sports icons were present.
Speaking on the occasion, the union minister highlighted that the newly constructed stadium received all necessary approvals from the Hockey Federation of India, ensuring compliance with international standards, according to a media release.
He expressed his happiness for the support of the Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sports, Govt. of India, which has provided necessary financial support for the development of the Hockey Turf Ground, demonstrating the government’s commitment for fostering sports infrastructure and development. This is an asset for sports authority of India, which will herald new era of world class hockey infrastructure in BSF and also for Jalandhar area.
Thakur mentioned the rich sports legacy of Punjab, which has produced exceptional athletes and contributed significantly to India’s sporting heritage.
Further, he acknowledged the sports legacy of the Border Security Force, highlighting the organization’s commitment in promoting sports and nurturing talents.
The minister discussed the government’s flagship program, Khelo India, and its continued efforts to promote and nurture sporting talent across the country.
Thakur also brought out the importance of hockey as a national game. BSF sports persons have proud privilege of receiving 3 Padma Shri and 17 Arjun Award in various disciplines and many BSF sportsmen have represented India in various National and International sporting events.
At the end the union minister thanked the BSF Officials for giving him the opportunity to inaugurate this World Class Hockey infrastructure.