Katra: Mr. Rakesh Kumar and Ms. Jyoti Baliyan, two archers of Shrine Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine Board Sports Complex, Katra have qualified for Tokyo Paralympics Games 2021 and brought laurels to the Country. Both these archers have been trained under the guidance of coach Sh. Kuldeep Vedwan at Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine Board’s Sports Complex, Katra. Rakesh Kumar is a native of Katra while Jyoti Baliyan though belongs to Uttar Pradesh but has been trained at the Shrine Board’s Sports Complex, Katra for the last 4 years.
Hon’ble Lieutenant Governor, Jammu, and Kashmir who is also the Chairman of Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine Board congratulated both the sportspersons for their excellent performance. Dr. Ashok Bhan, Member Shrine Board and Chairman of Governing Council of Shrine Board’s Sports Complex, and Ramesh Kumar, Chief Executive Officer, SMVDSB have also congratulated them for qualifying the Tokyo Paralympics and wished them grand success in the event. Earlier Rakesh and Jyoti won gold and silver medal under Fazza Cup World Ranking Tournament held in Dubai in February 2021.
It is pertinent to mention that the Shrine Board’s Sports Complex has been producing sportspersons of national and international standards in various sporting disciplines viz., Archery, Athletics, Judo, Shooting, Badminton, etc, who have been showing promising results in varied competitions. Moreover, SMVDSB Archery Academy is accredited under Khelo India by the Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sports, Govt. of India.