Icestock team from J&K to represent India in world championship

Jammu and Kashmir State Icestock team is all set to play in 12th Icestock World Championship-2018, to be held at Winklarn and Amstetten in Austria from 26th of February. J&K Icestock team will represent India in World Championship-2018 in two different events (Individual and Team) and the championship will likely proceed till 3rd of March. Meanwhile, the team qualified for the 12th Icestock World Championship after thrashing eight States in 4th National Icestock Sport Championship- 2018, which was held at Ice Rink Gulmarg. Moreover, the 12th Icestock World Championship will…

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Manzoor Ahmad Dar, Kashmir’s newest cricket sensation

A weightlifter, kabbadi player, wood artist and a security guard — all explain one man and converge at cricket. And if luck smiles on him, he may well be one of the hottest properties this Indian Premier League (IPL) season. Village lad Manzoor Ahmad Dar, 24, can hit the ball hard, handsome and long, even with a raw willow cleft, forget an English willow. His coach and selectors swear by his raw talent and ability to hit balls out of the biggest grounds. “He is Mr 100 metre sixer man,”…

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Faarukh Usmaan, Kashmiri skier questions WGFI’s move to keep his status in disputed list

The national gold medal winning skier from Kashmir, Faarukh Usmaan, has questioned Winter Games Federation of India (WGFI) over keeping his status in the disputed list. “Federation International Skiing (FIS) races are going to be held in India for the first time and according to FIS rules only top Indian players will be participating in such an event. WGFI has stopped me from participating in the race as they have kept my status as disputed,” Usmaan said in his grievance. Usmaan sees WGFI move as discriminatory since he had filed…

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Baghat Gymkhana lifts Shaheed-e-Milat T20 trophy

Baghat Gymkhana thrashed Parimpora XI and won the 7th Shaheed-e-Milat T20 Cricket Tournament played at Islamia College Srinagar. Mirwaiz Umar Farooq was the chief guest on the occasion and witnessed the final match. Overall 32 teams participated in the tournament. Baghat Gymkhana won the toss and elected to bat first. It set a modest target of 116 runs for Parimpora XI. Parimpora XI scored 87 runs and Baghat Gymkhana won the match by 29 runs to lift the trophy. Irfan was adjudged man of the match while Umar Malik was…

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Winter sports begin at Gulmarg

After an early snowfall this season, the Tourism Department today kick-started winter sports activities at north Kashmir’s ski resort of Gulmarg with a snowshoe run and skiing event. Director, Tourism, Kashmir, Mahmood A Shah flagged off the run and the athletes ran seven kilometres. Later, Shah also flagged off skiing at the slopes, marking the beginning of the winter sports in Gulmarg. Speaking on the occasion, Shah said Gulmarg was the “main USP” for tourism which received tourists from all over the globe. “Today we have formally inagurated the winter…

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Kashmir open badminton championship concludes

The 27th Kashmir Open badminton championship concluded at Sheri-Kashmir Indoor Stadium here on Friday. In the event organized by J&K Badminton Association around 320 boys and girls hailing from different parts of Valley participated in various categories from Under-10 age group to above 45 years. CTO Jio Digital Anis Ahmad Bhat was the chief guest on the occasion Rajinder Bumla, Bilqueis Mir, Nuzhat Ara were among other guests present. In senior men singles final Farhaan beat Amir while as in women’s single final, Hadiya beat Dua Abid. In senior men…

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Tanveer Hussain, Valley snowshoe racer pleads guilty to sexual abuse in US

A 25-year-old Indian sportsman arrested in the US on charges of sexually abusing a minor girl has avoided trial by pleading guilty to endangering the welfare of a child and would be deported, the authorities said. Tanveer Hussain, a snowshoe racer from Kashmir, originally faced a felony charge of sexual abuse for what police termed “a passionate kiss” with a 12-year-old girl. He was arrested on March 1 following the incident, which took place on February 27. The athlete had travelled to Saranac Lake in upstate New York from Kashmir…

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Sports can help de-radicalise Kashmir youth: Woman footballer Afshan Ashiq

Sports could be the best medium to de-radicalise Kashmir youth, says a woman footballer whose viral picture showing her hurling stones at security forces once earned her the tag of stone-pelter. Afshan Ashiq, 23 — the latest sports sensation from the troubled valley — said introducing Kashmiris to sports and building a better sports infrastructure would make a lot of difference to the state which has 65 per cent of its population aged below 30 years. The footballer wanted Kashmiris to venture more into sports to find solutions to their…

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Women’s football team meets Rajnath, gets assurance on sports infrastructure

Members of Jammu and Kashmir’s first women football team today met Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh and apprised him of the difficulties being faced by sportspersons in the state and sought his help. During the half-hour meeting, the team members requested the minister to provide better sports infrastructure to motivate the youth to take up sports in a big way. Talking to The Tribune, head coach of the team Satpal Singh Kala said the Home Minister gave us a patient hearing and promised all possible help. “When we informed him…

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Kashmir to feature Paragliding & White Water Rafting courses at JIM

Defence Minister, Nirmala Sitharaman, who also chairs the Executive Council of the institute, announced a whopping grant of Rs 10 crore to facilitate the inclusion of the adventure sports at the 8th meeting of 3rd Executive Council of the institute. Shoutout to all adventure seekers! Kashmir is all set to introduce paragliding and white water rafting courses at its famous Jawahar Institute of Mountaineering (JIM) and Winter Sports! What’s more? Defence Minister, Nirmala Sitharaman, who also chairs the Executive Council of the institute, announced a whopping grant of Rs 10…

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