Jammu: The 50th All India Police Hockey Championship was called open today by Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Dr. Farooq Abdullah. A total of 24 teams from different states and para military forces are participating in these games. The organizers of the games believe that it would give exposure to the talented hockey players in the state as they would get a chance to play with players who have played at international level. This is the first all India Police hockey championship in Jammu and Kashmir. Jammu is fast becoming a national venue for hockey championships at different levels with the latest being the hosting of the Golden Jubilee All India Police Hockey Championship. It's also the first time they are playing host to this championship. The objectives for the organising committee are clear - to give more exposure to the local players and send a message across that Jammu and Kashmir despite fighting militancy can play host to National level championships. "In the last five years our police, the J&K police has suddenly metamorphosed into an operational unit and the same might be the mind set on the winning track. We would like it to inculcate and display in our sports plus we would also like to have the rest of the police forces of the country and central para-military forces to come to J&K and play with our teams and we want to convey the message to the rest of the country that the situation here is not as bad as one would like to believe," said Gopal Sharma, Secretary Organizing committee. Some top national players like Baljit Dhillon, Daljit Dhillon, Ramandeep Singh, Prabhjot Singh and Yuvraj Singh will also be seen during the championships and the hosts are hoping to give a tough time to these hockey internationals. "This year we have worked really hard and we will definitely reach semi-finals," said Ravinder Singh, a player with J&K Police team. There is no doubt hockey in J&K is on the upswing. But it' is still a long way to go before players from Jammu and Kashmir contribute in a big way to the national hockey team.
Topics : Hockey