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Legend Riders of Bandipora organises Enfield Motorcycle Rally at Bandipora

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Bandipora, Feb 11: In North kashmir’s Bandipora District more than 20 youth participated in funrun Bike event, it was not a race but just a commencement by youth to praise the beauty of district.

The Motorcycle run through the Gurez road was a big manoeuvre towards the promotion of adventure tourism of Jammu and Kashmir in common and district Bandipora in particular.

The run was organised by some youth of the district Bandipora because the district is unheeded and neglected by Government and Tourism department despite of its natural beauty still in the hands of nature.

This run is an initiative to draw the dormant mind of Government towards the unfading beauty of District. In this run near about 20 Enfield motor bike riders of the district participated.

The youth who organised this run believe to lead such run in future but at state level.

This initiative encourage the youth to participate in adventurous sports said, Suhail Rather a rider.

The district has many tourist spots viz Tragbal,Wullar Lake, Hapatnar, Tulail, Sirender, Athwatoo,Buthoo, and Krisilpati.Besides the shortest trekking route to mount harmukh.

Whole Harmukh and its fringe still blooming in the fledge of nature. The youth appeal the government to pay attention towards this unattended district and approve these places in tourism department as tourist spots.

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Kashmiri girls to ski in Asian Junior Championship-Iran

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Srinagar, Feb 9: Two Kashmiri girls, Sabiya Nabi and Shabista Shabir have been selected by Winter Games Federation of India to represent India in Asian Junior Alpine Ski Championship, to be held in Iran in first week of March this year.
Sabiya Nabi and Shabista Shabir, both hail from rural Tangmarg area of Kashmir. Since the WGFI has no financial resources these two girls have been asked to meet all the expenses on their tour to Iran. Both of them belong to middle class family and is difficult for them to arrange huge funds for this purpose. The Winter Games Association of J&K is making its efforts to find any sponsor
Notably both these girls have been pursuing skiing from their childhood and took part in different training and competing programs, organized by Winter Games Association of J&K from time to time.
Sabiya started skiing in 2005 when she attended her basic ski course and won consolation prize in that course. She did advance courses twice in 2008 and 2010 and both times won first positions. She won silver medals in Aegis Gulmarg Cup, HAWS Cup and Gulmarg Global Derby in 2009, 2011 and 2012 respectively. In 2013 and 2014 she won two golds and one silver medals in Junior Nationals. While, in 2014 and 2017 she participated in Senior Nationals. Sabiya is a promising skier and could become an ace racer if groomed well.
Shabista started her skiing in 2007 and did all the three courses at a row successfully with merit at IIS&M and J&K Youth Services Department. She first time participated in Junior National Ski Championship in 2013 and won silver and bronze medals in Giant Slalom and Slalom respectively. She participated in Senior Nationals in 2014 held at Gulmarg and in the same year she represented state in Junior National Championship held at Auli. Last year she won 2 medals in District and 2 medals in State Championship. Last year she was also selected for Senior National held at Manali due to certain reasons could not participate.
After performing well in the District and State Ski Championships both of them were selected to represent J&K State in the National Ski Championship held at Manali last year. Due to certain reasons Shabista missed the chance. Sabiya Nabi performed exceptionally well in the preliminary rounds of the said championship but was restricted to advance for final rounds as she did not have the international standard skis, while all other skiers of other states owned this specified equipment. On the persuasion of MLA Gulmarg and President WGAJK the Tourism Department procured twenty sets of these FIS approved racing skis for the use of the local promising skiers. Lucky they are that these two girls are its first beneficiaries. The equipment procured by Tourism Deptt would go a long way in developing ski racing skills among local top skiers. There is need to buy more such equipment as all skiers participating in nationals are supposed now to use only FIS specified equipment.
The President WGAJK expressed his gratitude to Mahmood Ahmad Shah Director Tourism for taking keen interest in raising this kind of equipment. This expensive equipment is purchased exclusively for ski racing, he further said. He informed that the Association has also submitted a detailed proposal to J&K State Sports Council to purchasing the snow sports equipment as these are Olympic events and we have upper hand in winter sports. The WGAJK has also submitted proposals to Sports Council for starting a winter sports academy, homologation of ski slopes at Kongdori, holding National Ski Championship this winter and arranging free accommodation for local skiers at Gulmarg.
Courtesy: Kashmir Sports Watch

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Ishtiyaq Elahi breaks jinx, selected for senior national side

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Bandipora, Feb 1: After the recent inclusion of Bandipora boy Manzoor Dar in IPL, one more emerging star from Bandipora made it to high level.

Ishtiyaq Elahi commonly known as Robby today made it to the J&K team which is going to participate in BCCI organized Vijay Hazare one day tournament.

With this stun, Ishtiyaq became the first boy from tehsil Bandipora to achieve this feet. He has been struggling since a very long time but finally his hardships paid.

Ishtiyaq expressed his joy and thanked his family friends for their support;

“I’m extremely happy and firstly want to thank my parents, my younger brother along all my well wishers who always supported me” he said

“Also I want to warmly thank BCC(Bandipora cricket club) family for their support. I have been part of this club from decades and they have always been there for me” he added

He also mentioned the difficulties he had faced in his career and thanked current administration of JKCA for the fair selection

“I have gone through very hard days, but I knew I will do it sooner or later. Thankfully the current administration of JKCA is doing justice with players.”

“I will try my level best to do well in the tournament and make my state proud” he further said.

J&K will play it’s first match against Vidarbha on 6th February.

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IPL auction 2018|Kashmir cricketer Manzoor Dar (Pandav) to play for Kings-XI Punjab

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Batting sensation of Kashmir, Manzoor Dar (Pandav) will play in this year’s Indian Premier League for Kings-XI Punjab.

Pandav became the last but one player to get in the Indian Premier League (IPL)-2018 auction list.

He was bought by Kings XI Punjab for the base price of Rs 20 lakh.
Known for his power hitting and having won couple of matches in the recent Mushtaq Ali T20 North Zone for Jammu and Kashmir, Pandav was the penultimate player to get on auction list in 2-day bidding war for players between IPL franchisees.

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