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SRINAGAR: Governor N.N. Vohra and First Lady Mrs. Usha Vohra attended the concluding day function of Chinar Youth Sports and Adventure Activity- 2018, organized by Hqrs XV Corps, in collaboration with State Sports Department, Water Sports Association and Sports Club, at the Nehru Park in Dal Lake. Lt. Gen A.K. Bhat, GoC 15 Corps; Dr. S.P. Vaid, DGP; Maj. Gen. R Ravi, GoC Area Hqrs; Dr. Syed Abid Rasheed Shah, Deputy Commissioner, Srinagar; Dr Sehrish Asgar, DC Budgam;  Sh. Swayam Prakash Pani, IGP Kashmir; Sh. Firdous Tak, President J&K Water Sports Association were among the many dignitaries present on the occasion.

In the concluding function the final races of   Dragon Boat, Kayaking and Chinar Shikara Cup Race enthralled the audience. This initative of the Indian Army, under Operation Sadhbhavana, is designed to promote water sports; provide expert coaching to generate a vast pool of quality players; and further the objectives of Swachh Bharat Campaign wherein all the participants and Indian Army jointly clean a portion of Dal Lake as part of ‘Save Dal’ Campaign.

Lauding the efforts of GoC 15 Corps and J&K Water Sports Association in providing opportunity to local youth to showcase their talents, Governor observed that the Valley and its beautiful lakes are ideal for nurturing youth to achieve the highest awards in national and international level water sports championships. Governor observed that it is delightful to see young participants brimming with confidence and particularly mentioned Ms. Bilquis Mir, Secretary, J&K Kayaking and Canoeing Association, for making the State proud of her achievements at national and international levels.

While appreciating the effort of the organisers to do their bit to clean Dal Lake, Governor observed that J&K is lucky to have beautiful water bodies where we can train our youth in water sports. He observed that youth organizations like NCC’s Naval Wing and other water sports organizations should provide opportunities for the youth to compete and excel at national and international levels.

Governor hoped that in the coming years these sports will see enhanced participations at all levels and wished all the participants bright careers ahead. Earlier, Governor and First Lady presented Trophies to the winners and the participating teams. While the Rolling Trophy for ‘Shikara Race’ was won by the team comprising Fayaz and Wasim; the ‘Living  Kashmir’ Club won the Trophies in Kayaking, Canoeing and Canoe Polo. Governor felicitated the team of 24 cyclists, led by Major KVS Chauhan, which cycled about 326 Km in four days, passing through Zojila Pass and Drass, to Kargil, under the banner of Chinar Mountain Cycling Adventure Activity: 2018.

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  • 103 participants from 22 states participates in competition

SRINAGAR: Jammu and Kashmir Tourism Department in collaboration with Indian Mountaineering Foundation (IMF) today organized 1st All India Sport Lead Climbing Competition here at Climbing Wall in Nowgam. A two-day event witnesses the participation of 103 climbers from 22 states of India which are participating in various categories including sub-junior, junior, men and women categories. The competition will be adjudged by the group of professional from various parts of India.

Secretary Tourism Rigzian Sampheal who was the Chief Guest, inaugurated the event. President IMF, Col HS Chauhan, Deputy Commissioner Srinagar, Dr Syed Abid Rasheed Shah, Director Tourism Kashmir Mahmood Ahmad Shah and other concerned officials were present on the occasion. Giving details about the event, President IMF Col Chauhan said that climbing sport is now an Olympic game, which will be introduced in 2020 Olympics to be held in Tokyo. He said three events in Speed, Bouldering and Lead are held in the championships. In Kashmir we are organizing Lead only while as Speed and Bouldering are organized at other destinations, he said adding there are seven zones of IMF.

All the seven zones of IMF including East zone featuring 12 climbers, West Zone with 28 climbers, North Zone with 39 climbers, South Zone with 4 climbers, North East Zone with 10 climbers and Services Zone with 6 climbers and Police Zone having 5 climbers are participating in the competitions. Judges, trainers, route tellers and other officials have been deputed on this task and to make the competitions a success.

 Speaking on the occasion, Secretary Tourism Rigzian Sampheal said that in the coming days, Tourism Department will sign the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with IMF so that some fruitful thing will come out of it. While thanking the participants for coming to Kashmir to participated in the competition, Sampheal asked them to share their experiences with their friends and fellows once the go back to their respective states.

Director Tourism Kashmir said the department has been training local boys and girls every year for sport climbing for such competitions. “We have trained local boys and girls who were imparted skills in sport climbing for past few years. The best among them were given fresh training for past three days who are participating in this championship,” he said.

He said this championship will go a long with in promoting sport climbing in the state and previous year the department trained over 300 youth and also organized inter-district championships. He said, “Local youth have shown good response who can make career in this sport. We will organise more such events and competitions in future as we have created facility and we want to utilize it to maximum.”

Speaking on the occasion, DC Srinagar assured full support for the promotion of this sport and said Kashmir is not what it is portrayed by some section of media. He asked the participants to be the ambassadors of Kashmir and convey to the outside world that Kashmir is peaceful and the people are Kashmir are kind and warm hearted.

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DODA: DDC Doda Bhawani Rakhwal inaugurated the All India 14th Gufran Memorial T-20 Cricket Championship at sports stadium Doda here today. The tournament is being organised by Young Star Cricket Club Doda and sponsored by 10RR Doda. In this tournament, around 64 teams including 20 teams from other states will be participating. The inaugural match was played between Nadu Cricket Club Chattisgarh and Final Cricket Club Doda.

SSP Doda Mohd Shabir, ACR Doda Tariq Hussain Naik, Major 10RR, Patron Manzoor Butt, Chairman YSCC Naseer Khora and large number of spectators were present in the match. Chief guest DDC Doda Bhawani Rakwal appreciated the role of Young Star Cricket Club Doda for organising such event from the last 14 years.  He said, Gufran championship provides a requisite platform for the youth of Chenab valley to show their hidden talent in sports. Gufran memorial provide a big platform for local players as they play along side of famous cricketers of International and IPL teams.