The Kashmir valley region is famous for its picturesque natural beauty, this land is filled with natural beauty but it does not end here.
Kashmir is way above than nature and its beauty. Since Kashmir is our talk how can we forget to discuss about the recent achievement of Kashmir in China. Recently, three girls from Kashmir won millions of heart by giving a thunder shot performance in Macau open Taekwondo championship in china. After such a major win in China India is really celebrating and these girls have become a common name on every Kashmiri`s mouth.
What is Taekwondo?
A game which has now become a necessity for self-defence was originated in Korea. This game has a strong history and it’s one of the oldest form of Martial art. This game got its name by the way it is practiced. Tae is foot, Kwon means hand and Do means art which literally means the way of foot and fist.
Taekwondo started in Kashmir at a very low level and it took a lot of efforts to make the people aware about the benefits from this sport. But once it made its reach to people they started taking interest in it and girls were pushed forward to learn Taekwondo. Many Taekwondo training classes started in Kashmir to empower girls. This showed really good impact and brought laurels to the valley. We feel really proud in saying that this valley indeed is filled with many talented people which is taking our country to another level.
Gems of Taekwondo from Kashmir
Three girls from the valley shine in the Taekwondo in China and made the name of nation internationally. Hearts were filled with pride of those parents who saw their daughters making the nation proud. Well, definitely its time to shout out loud for these super talented girls.
Manar Mushtaq, Momina Manzoor and Mehsoon Fatima these are the three names that created sensation in Taekwondo, China. Well, age is just a number if we are talking about these girls. Manar Mushtaq is studying in class 4th and she is completely dedicated to make a future in this sport. A class 4th girl has done miracle and became so famous at a very small age. While at the same time Momina Manzoor is also an amazing kid, she is a student of Doon International School. She is also just in standard 7th and she is also a dedicated Taekwondo player. Mehsoon Fatima who hails from Leh is also a student of Doon International School and she is born player. She has a lot of interest in football, basketball and cricket also she has been into sports since her childhood. Manar Mushtaq and Mehsoon Fatima bagged silver in Taekwondo in china. While on the other hand Momina Manzoor also received award at this event. Coming from average background they showed the world that you need dedication and a lot of hard work to build and bring out the best person from you. It was not an easy task but they accepted the challenge and proved that nothing is impossible if your will power is strong. Parents of these girls are the real heroes who supported their child without letting a hurdle come into the ways of their daughter.
They fulfilled the dream of their daughters as if it was theirs. Today the whole country is inspired by these kids who did wonders and they surely going to create more wonders in future. We really wish them all the success!
Kashmir is not only rich in picturesque views and cultural heritage but also a hub of talented people. It fills me with immense pride when Kashmir is in news not for violence and blood shed but for its ample opportunities of development. Kashmiri’s fondness for sports is ever increasing and Football has our hearts. Today I am amazed to know about Ms. Afsan Ashiq who has made a name in Football, is now one big face from Kashmir. I would like to quote a beautiful line which summarises her story.
“Sometimes in the wind of change we find our true direction.”
Her picture while pelting stone at Army became viral. Under the destructive influence and as a misguided youth she was part of stone pelting. In the view of development, the trend for women’s football in Kashmir goes back to 2007 and Nadiya was the first female coach of women`s football club in Kashmir. This was the turning point for Afsan stood strong against all the odds and decided to do something valuable with her life. Her self-realization proved a path of success and better life.By changing her life, she became inspiration for others as well. The efforts of the state’s women team were also recognised by Home Minister Rajnath Singh who met them and paid attention to their demands The Government of Kashmir will be now taking initiatives to plan a better sports infrastructure.
From attacker to defender, it`s all about the journey and struggles of Afsan and how she made her way through everything. Afsan’s story is another example of homecoming. Hope more Kashmiri youth specially the misguided youth, follow suit. The joy of becoming a captain of J&K and getting into national women`s football team is empowering. We already were hearing a lot of news from last few days that how Kashmiri female football club is making a huge name and the efforts of players are worth appraisal. They are learning every possible technique of Football to excel in the field. Female Football club is the new trend setter. After cricket, football can be the next sport with which people have a better connection. As they say that in India cricket is a religion but football is a way of life. We appreciate Afsan that she chose her way of life so well that it led her to her success and she is motivating others from Kashmir to follow their passion without giving a second thought to it. This young Kashmiri talent proved that dreams and dedication are powerful combination. New Age Kashmir wished that she achieve all she deserve and desire for. All the success to this new champion of valley.