“Success doesn’t just come and find you, you have to go out and get it”
Our sports champions in Kashmir have always been a source of inspiration. They have left no stone unturned to achieve the position they are in. For our J&K state, 2018 has been a great year and the sport’s history of the valley is getting richer day by day. Jammu and Kashmir has produced many champions in the realm of sports who have made the entire nation proud of them. Let us look how the New Year has started for our valley and what all achievements we have in the very first month of 2019:
Bilal Ahmad Dar
Bilal Ahmad Dar, a teen cyclist won a silver medal in the 3km individual pursuit event at the Junior Asian Track Cycling Championship in Indonesia. Last year also, he had set a national record in the individual pursuit 3-km under-18 category during an event in June last year. Bilal is a resident of Chek-i-Kawoosa, Budgam district. He is known for cycling achievements and representing his country was his utmost priority in international events. He said, “I want to represent the country in more international events and win medals. I hope people start taking the sport of cycling more seriously”. He definitely made our country proud.
Our state won 6 medals in total at the Khelo India Youth Games and guess what, 5 (three gold and two silver medals) out of 6 medals belonged to Ms. Bavleen Kaur, a 16 year old gymnast from Jammu and Kashmir. and won She is a trainee of Krupali Patel Singh and Sp Singh and gave credit of her success to her coaches. “What makes this win even more special for me is the happiness I was able to give my coaches who have always helped me grow despite the lack of adequate training facilities and equipment back home in Jammu and Kashmir”, she said. Balveen is a girl who always aims higher and she is now looking forward to represent the country at the 2022 Commonwealth Games.
Malaikah Gul Dev
Malaikah made her victory by winning a Gold Medal in the annual women’s Alpine Skiing, Advanced Level Dream programme held in South Korea. There were more than 155 participants from 55 countries across the world.
She is a 9th Class student of Delhi Public School Srinagar and her father Gul Mustafa Dev who is the first Olympian from Kashmir. She dedicated her victory to her father and the school for boosting her confidence.
Rabiya Amin & Pakeeza Nazir
Two teenage girls of Central Kashmir’s Chrar-i-Shareef Town of District Budgam Rabiya Amin and Pakeeza Nazir won Bronze and Silver medals in karate at international level at Ahmedabad Gujarat. They both hailed from a middle class family. They were doing academically well but always wanted to achieve big and that’s when they started their training in Karate.
“Locals did not allow us to practice at playground but my family provided me everything all the time, support and stuff whatever and whenever I need, with the prayers and support of my family I won at Ahmedabad” said Rabiya. But now after seeing their achievement everyone is supporting them and are proud of them.
These were some of the achievement of our talented youth and we do have a kick start for this year. Many more victories are on their way. Till then Keep Playing, Keep slaying!
In India, Cricket isn’t just a game. Not being a national sport, it is still treated as a religion and the cricketers are considered as Gods. The thrill, madness, passion and the excitement during a match for the cricket lovers is a treat. As much as they would love to watch and play the game; the passion for this sport has generated a plenty of opportunities for the youth in the state of Jammu and Kashmir. Our Kashmiri players like Parveez Rasool Zargar, Amir Hussain, Qamran Iqbal, etc have made the Valley proud and are the source of inspiration for the youth to get out of the nutshell and chase their dream. One such Kashmiri Star, Rasikh Dar becomes third Kashmir cricketer to be picked at the auction of upcoming IPL 2019. This 17 year old teenager, managed to steal the limelight with his amazing fast bowling skills. He got shortlisted for the auctions with a base price of INR 20 Lakhs and will represent the team of Mumbai Indians.
He hails from a small village in south of Kashmir in Kulgam district. His father, Ab Salam Dar is a teacher by profession and mother is a homemaker. He is the first boy from the district who got selected in IPL. Rasikh had started playing cricket at an early age just like every other kid but who knew he would be able to make his story totally extra ordinary.
He is way ahead from the people of his age group. Last year he tried to play in Jammu and Kashmir under -19 team but was selected. Despite of the failures he never lost faith in his hard work and determination. And of course, his love for the game kept him motivating in his entire journey. Then he made his entry to the Jammu and Kashmir senior team in Vijay Hazare Trophy- a domestic tournament of the country. Then at the time of Under-19 Cooch Behar Trophy, he was spotted by the franchise’s scouts who were impressed by his performance. After that he went through a trail with his fellow fast bowlers, then on the day of auction he got the news that he has been selected by Mumbai Indians.
“I am yet to come to terms [with the selection], so is my family. As an individual, I am very excited and equally happy to be the part of Mumbai Indians’ camp. God willing, if given a chance I will give 100%,” Dar said. “It’s a proud moment for me to play alongside Rohit Sharma and Yuvraj Singh. I am looking forward to learning tidbits from Lasith Malinga. In many ways, he is a treat to watch when it comes to hitting the right line and length.” he added
Indian fast bowler, Irfan Pathan identified his talent and saw a star in him. He helped him a lot. They used to practice together for hours which enhanced his skills and made him a better player. Irfan said, “He will surely make it big”. Rasikh also gave credits to the efforts made by J&K coach Milaph.
He is truly an inspiration for youngsters to dream big. Best wishes from the New Age Kashmir for the upcoming tournament. Keep shining and keep making Kashmir proud.