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Paddling the success track- Bilal Ahmad Dar

Paddling the success track- Bilal Ahmad Dar

Once upon a time there was a teen boy and he was in love with cycling but he had none. So he went on hunger strike. Seeing him suffer, his mother sold a piece of land. Then she got a cycle for him. This boy was none other than Bilal Ahmad Dar who is now a professional cyclist. He is from Check-e Kawoosa area of Narbal in Budgam district. His family is in farming of paddy, fruit and vegetables. When he started his journey, cycling as career was not very popular in the valley. However, his passion took him to the road of success.
Paddling the success track- Bilal Ahmad Dar

His journey started when he was spotted by former Indian cyclist and Arjuna Award winner Amar Singh at a talent hunt drive in Srinagar. He won the competition by defeating 199 other local athletes. Singh asked Bilal to come down to Delhi and get trained under him. It was not easy for Dhar to convince his family so he asked his mentor and guide Rifat Abdullah to help him out. The family finally got convinced and it was one of their best decisions.
Here, Dar was exposed to world class coaching, equipment and hectic training. Every morning he used to cycle between 80 to 120 km for around 4 to 5 hours and spend another 3 hours at the gym after the school. This is a regimen that he has been following since last three years.

Bilal has won 18 medals- three silver and one bronze in the Asian championship – and four consecutive gold in junior national championship. Recently he turned 18 and will now be eligible to compete at a senior level. He is not only aiming at getting a medal at the Asian games but also to winning in Olympics and Commonwealth, the biggest sporting stages on the planet.

Paddling the success track- Bilal Ahmad Dar

There is absolutely no shortcut to success. What Bilal has been doing is a great source of inspiration for all those who want to make it big in their lives. We wish him all the luck for his upcoming tournaments. Keep making us proud.