Srinagar, Mar 7:
Coronavirus threat notwithstanding, Jammu and Kashmir government has
decided to continue Khelo India’s first winter games at the ski resort of
800 to 900 sportspersons are taking part in different events. The event
was inaugurated by union sports Minister Kiren Rijiju on Saturday. It will
continue till Wednesday.
have ensured that all the people visiting Gulmarg are properly screened. As off
now there is no plan to stop the games,” said Baseer Ahmad Khan, divisional
SMC, Junaid Mattu has also requested the administration to avoid large
gatherings given the coronavirus scare.
view of the COVID2019 situation, I personally believe the ‘Khelo India’ sports
event in Gulmarg should be canceled,” Mayor SMC tweeted. “I have
conveyed this to the administration as well as the Lieutenant Governor GC
Murmu. Precautions are vital.”
official at Gulmarg Development Authority said both local and foreigners are
taking part in the winter games.
present at the event are monitoring the situation and people are screened
properly,” he said.
Association Kashmir, Suhail Nayak said human gatherings should be limited
because the virus doesn’t transmit through food or water.
are of the opinion that these games should be suspended because people from
outside Kashmir are going to participate and there are chances that this virus
may spread. Gulmarg is a very cold place and the virus usually thrives in such
president Mehbooba Mufti’s daughter, Iltija Mufti, too criticized the
administration for allowing the sports event despite coronavirus threat.
a time when coronavirus (sic) has caused a global health crisis, J&K admin
is organizing a massive sports event in Gulmarg. Why should Kashmiris bear a
staggering cost for showcasing normalcy?” Iltija, who uses her mother’s
verified Twitter handle, said.