Srinagar, June 26: Several Sports organisations organised special programmes on Sunday to mark the International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking 2022.
As per an official spokesman, J&K Sports Council organized an awareness programme on drug abuse and illicit trafficking to mark the International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking.
The programme was attended by athletes, coaches, and managers along with other staff members of the sports council.
All the attendees termed the issue of drug addiction as a major challenge for J&K as well as for the rest of the country.
They showed concern as substance abuse has severely affected human rights in every aspect.
Secretary Sports Council, Nuzhat Gul on her Twitter handle wrote “We cannot allow the drug problem to further shadow the lives of the people. On this important day, let us commit to lifting this shadow once and for all, and giving this issue the attention and action, it deserves”.
Speaking on the side-lines, she said, it is important to know the difference between drug abuse and addiction, many teens experiment with drugs, but aren’t addicted and soon it may turn into an addiction.
She said this is where the role of family, society, and each one of us comes in handy. She also encouraged the students to seek help from parents, teachers, and elders when they face difficulties in life, “as adults can provide better life advice and guidance”.
Youth Services & Sports Department(YSS) also organized an awareness rally (Padh Yatra) here at Srinagar.
The Rally (Padh Yatra) was flagged off by District Youth Services & Sports Officer Srinagar, Balbir Singh Sodhi in presence of other senior officers and officials of the department from Youth Hostel Srinagar early this morning at 8:00 am.
Speaking at the occasion District Development Commissioner Srinagar Aijaz Assad highlighted the need of mass awareness programs and the contribution of Society at large in curbing the menace of substance/drug abuse.
He further said that District Administration Srinagar has launched an initiative “Mission Wappasi” in order to bring back and support the victims so that they can live a normal life again. He advised the young participants keep an eye & to work actively in their respective societies/colonies in order to track and trap the peddlers who are responsible for the growing numbers of drug addicts and substance abuse.
He also lauded the efforts of the Youth Services & Sports Department in conducting programs of huge social importance. The Chief Guest also distributed Trophies and Medallion amongst the position holders of painting/Drawing competition
Kashmir Amateur Body Building Association (KABBA) Sunday held a "Drug Free Kashmir" Half Marathon at Nehru Park, Srinagar to mark the International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking 2022.
The race was flagged off by Law Secretary J&K, Achal Sethi and started from Nehru Park at 6 AM on Sunday morning and culminated at Centaur Hotel, covering distance of around 3 Kilometres.
Law Secretary J&K, Achal Sethi was Special Guest while as J&K Body Building Association General Secretary Rohit Sharma was guest of honor on the occasion, who have joined hands with Champ Endurance as philanthropic partners in a bid to make Kashmir free from drug addiction.
Speaking on the occasion, Achal Sethi said youth must shun path of drug abuse and urged them to take part in sports activities as sports is the only way to keep youths at bay from drug addiction.
Talking to Rising Kashmir General Secretary KABBA Asif Rashid said that as the whole team of KABBA is against drug abuse and the sole purpose of the marathon was to emphasise on youths, for staying at bay from drug addiction and making valley free from drugs.