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  • Kashmir has no dearth of talented sportspersons who need to be groomed: Dir Tourism

SRINAGAR/SONAMARG: Sunday morning witnessed a historic moment when Valley’s one of the top athletes ran non-stop 110 km from Srinagar to Baltal on Sunday. Director Tourism Kashmir Mahmood A Shah flagged off this first of its kind 110 km ultra marathon run at 7:15 am from Hotel Shahansha Boulevard Srinagar which culminated at Baltal in Sonamarg at 6:30 pm. Sports Council Athletic Coach and Manager of Bakshi stadium Sheikh Tulal, Owner of Ghani Glider Sports Club were also present at the flag off ceremony.

 

The athlete managed cove 110kms distance in 10.45 hours which has  happed first time that any person crossed over 100  km on single day. 22-year-old lad from downtown had recently participated in 59th Senior National in July this year in Andra Pradesh. Hamid has already covered 60 kilometers run on a single day earlier with the Australian marathon runner Pat Farmer who concluded his Pan India great marathon in Srinagar on March 27, 2017.

 

Besides, he has won the state championship on December 9, 2013. Earlier in his college, he won all the inter-college road races and retained the title till he studied is under gradation in 2013, 2014, 2015. The latest achievement to him has been the participation of the India Expedition Adventure Race which was held in Srinagar, Sonamarg and Leh. His acumen for long runs has promoted him to set out for his personal best of running over 100 kilometers which he has scheduled for October 22, 2017.

 

The run is was organized by Department of Tourism Kashmir with an active support from Discover Kashmir travel magazine, Hotel Shahenshah Palace in Srinagar, Hotel Snowland Sonamarg, Hattrick Foods, Damna Adventures. Twenty athletes are also accompanying Hamid who ran minimum of 30 km in intervals till Sonamarg. One of the athletes covered non-stop 53 kilometers. Besides, three top cyclists of the Kashmir Valley also escorted Hamid Aziz.

 

Sky Running Federation provided technical support to the event while as physical teacher Umar Nabi and veteran athlete Riyaz Wani monitored the race. Earlier at the flag ceremony Director Tourism Kashmir Mahmood A Shah said Kashmir has no dearth of talented sports persons who need to be promoted. “We are happy that a guy from downtown Srinagar has wished to run 110 ultra marathon run. He has been inspired by ultra marathon runner Pat Farmer.  The successful completion of this ultra marathon run is an amazing feat and it also encourage other youth to take sports seriously.” Hamid also plans to run 450 km in spring 2018 from Srinagar to Leh in seven days and 1000 kilometers in 2019 to ultimately aim for Kashmir to Kanyakumari run in five years of time.

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SAMBA:  The  BSF Battallian 173 today organised 'Half Marathon 2017'  at Panjtilla Head Quarter Samba in which 600 individuals from bordering villages of the Samba and Kathua besides Jawans of 80 BN BSF, 173 BN BSF and 97 BN BSF participated. The 10 km marathon was organised with the message of  "Run for Martyrs" ,  "Run for Public Connect" and "Run for Unity". MLA Samba Dr. Davinder Kumar Manyal flagged off the march. Deputy Commissioner, Samba Sheetal Nanda, DSP Head Quarter Samba Tanveer Ahmed, Bhupinder Singh Commandant 97 BN BSF, Madan  Lal  Commandant 80 BN BSF , B.C. Joshi second in command  173 Battallian BSF, Ajay Kumar Regional Manager SBI, Police Officials, BSF Officials and locals were present on the occasion. Dr. Manyal said that this Marathon was organised in memory of the Martyrs adding that such events strenghtens the bonding between the civilians and the security forces. He informed that the District Administration Samba is going to organise a Run for Unity Marathon on 31st Of October and appealed for maximum participation. Bhupinder Singh informed that the event was organised in memory of our brave martyrs who sacrificed their lives for the nation. He assured that BSF shall organise similar events on regular basis. The first winner Ramesh Chand was awarded with a cash prize of Rs 5000, second winner Gurunam Singh Rs. 3000 and the third winner Deepak Sharma got a cash prize of Rs. 2000 besides other participants were given certificates.

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  • Sunny Nanda to lead Indian Speed Ball team to Egypt

JAMMU: Adding one more achievement in the state's sports profile, four Speed Ball players from Jammu and Kashmir will take part in 29th World Speed Ball championship to be held at Egypt from 25th October to 30th October, 2017. Divisional Commissioner, M.K. Bhandari informed this during a press conference held  in this regard at Jammu Club, here today. The Div Com wished good luck and congratulated the players namely Sunny Nanda, Sahil Janjua, Rahul Meenia and Amit Kour for being selected in the 29th World Speed Ball Championship. He hoped that they will exhibit outstanding performance in the International sports event ang bring laurels to the Nation and the state.

 

He informed that prominent Sports person Sunny Nanda will lead the Indian speed ball team for the championship. Chairman J&K Sports Council Ranjeet Kalra motivated all the players to give their best performance and keep the spirit of the game high to emerge as Victorious. Fourteen players from different states of India are participating in this world championship. Among others, members of Association including MLC Vikram Randhwa, Er S P Langer, V K Sharma, Er V K Gupta, Ravi Tikku, Nitish Mahajan, Ramma Mattoo, Jyoti Gupta, Bhavan Bhan and Savita Sethi were also present on the occasion.