Valley’s first synthetic hockey turf stadium to come up in Pulwama

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Valley’s first synthetic hockey turf stadium to come up in Pulwama
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PULWAMA — The first synthetic hockey turf stadium in Kashmir division is being constructed in Pulwama district.

The stadium is being constructed in Government Boys Higher Secondary School Pulwama at a cost of Rs 5 crore under augmentation of sports infrastructure scheme in Jammu and Kashmir.

District Youth Services and Sports officer Pulwama, Syed Noor ul Haq told news agency Kashmir News Observer (KNO) that this will be international standard stadium with dimensions 102×62 metres and is expected to get complete up to October 15.

He said that there are hundreds of youth interested in hockey in Kashmir but in absence of stadium, they were not able to show their talent. However, with the stadium available now, youth can play hockey.

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Haq said that this will be the first kind of such stadium in Kashmir and such infrastructure will motivate youth themselves to take part in sports activities.

“Our main aim is to keep our young generation engaged in sports activities for which more infrastructure is being built which hopefully will help us to keep them away from drugs,” he said.

He said that once the stadium will be completed, they will organise a state level tournament followed by national level tournament here, so that local youth too can get exposure to play this game well.

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He added that international players will hopefully also play hockey here as this stadium will be of international standard and for the night stay of the players, few structures will come also near the stadium.

Ariz Ahmad, a hockey player, said that they have been waiting for stadium since years and getting a stadium of international standard in Pulwama is like a miracle.

He added that stadium was a basic need for the growth of Hockey at the grassroot level and we must have to thank LG Government for providing such an infrastructure.

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