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GULMARG: The Department of Youth Services and Sports J&K(DYS&S) organizes snow skiing courses every winter at the world famous skiing destination Gulmarg. The 107th Edition of Youth Services and Sports Department's Skiing course which was attended by 30 Young trainees from 8 Districts of Kashmir division concludes here with the award distribution function. Ab Majeed Qureshi Manager JKTDC Gulmarg was chief guest on the valedictory function and the prizes were given away to the position holders of the training programme.

In techniques category, Faizan Javeed of District Anantnag stood first, Saifan Shafi from district Pulwama second and Momin Mushtaq from Baramulla managed to get third place. In Salolom prize of 1st position was given to Muzamil Ahmed Malik of Baramulla while as Faizan Javeed of Anantnag got second and Suhail Ahmed Dhobi of Anantnag district got third position.

Director General of the Department of Youth Services & Sports Dr Saleem ur Rehman while providing details about the training programme said that as the fourteen day long 1st phase of the skiing course concluded today another such course is beginning tomorrow ie  on 15th and shall conclude on 27th of this month while as the third such course for only Girl trainees is expected to start on 28th Feb and shall conclude on 18th March at Gulmarg.

He also stated that adequate arrangements have been made for the successful conduct of the remaining two phases of the skiing courses as well. In the first batch of U/14 age group category boys from Anantnag, Pulwama, Kupwara, Bandipora, Budgam, Srinagar, Baramulla and Ganderbal districts received training of the course by the well trained Skiing Instructors of the Department. Four qualified trainers Gh Nabi Reshi, Mohammad Rafi Malik, Imran Nazir and Sajad Ahmed Sofi have been deputed by the Department Of Youth Services and Sports for the smooth conduct of the skiing course.

Olympian Gul Mustafa Dev who is looking after the winter sports activities of the Department of Youth Services & Sports, Hilal Ahmed Warden of Youth Services & Sports Department’s Gulmarg Hutments and other officials of the Department of Youth Services & Sports and JKTDC and Tourism Department were also present on the valedictory ceremony of the training course.

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SRINAGAR: After success of Ice Cricket Tournament at St. Moritz in Switzerland last year, the fans will have another chance to witness the beautiful game on ice again. This time, the game is all set to be played in Kashmir.

The game will be held on February 15 in Pahalgam. Khan International Sports (KIS), an international cricket goods brand of Jammu and Kashmir, is organising the ice cricket match along with the Tourism Department. Jammu and Kashmir cricket team captain Parvez Rasool and Bangladesh cricketer Anamul Haque Bijoy will be some of the biggest names who will grace field in the much-awaited game.

According to reports that Parvez Rasool and Anamul will lead the teams in the one-off game. While Anamul will lead Valley Professionals team Rasool will be in charge of Valley Legends. The squad of both the teams is not finalised yet although the organisers confirmed there will be players from outside the state as well. The game will be a 6-A-Side game as Khan said he was inspired to arrange the game after being inspired by last year’s Ice Cricket Tournament in Switzerland.

Meanwhile, Rasool, who has represented India in two games, said that he is looking forward to the new experience. The first player from the state to play international cricket,  Rasool said that Ice cricket is a fun way to keep the youngsters involved in the game. “I am looking forward to be a part of the event. It is the good idea to keep youngsters involved with the game in a fun way,” said Rasool.

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  • Teams of 8 North Indina States competing in championship

KATRA: Advisor to Governor, K Vijay Kumar today inaugurated 73rd National Football championship for Santosh Trophy 2018-19 North Zone qualifying round at Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine Board Complex, Katra. The tournament is being organized by J&K Football Association under the aegis of All India Football Federation and is supported by Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine Board, J&K State Sports Council and J&K Bank Ltd.

CEO Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine Board,Simrandeep Singh, Secretary Youth Services & Sports, Sarmad Hafeez, DIG Udhampur-Reasi range M Suleman Choudhary, SSP Reasi Nisha Nathyal, Secretary JK Sports Council Naseem Choudhary, President J&K Football Association and other concerned persons were present at the inaugural ceremony. The 73rd edition of National Football Championship for Santosh Trophy (North Zone Qualifiers) will be played at Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine Board Complex, Katra from February 11-16, 2019. There are total 12 matches to be played on single leg format and daily two matches shall be played.

8 North India States are competing in the championship which includes Delhi, Punjab, Haryana, Chandigarh, Uttar Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh, Uttrakhand and host Jammu & Kashmir. The Advisor on the occasion interacted with the officials from All India Football Federation and J&K Football Association who are part of this ongoing championship.

Later, he also met the teams of J&K and Jharkhand playing their match today after which the championship was officially kicked off. He appreciated the efforts of J&K Football Association in organizing the events and also thanked AIFF, SMVDSB, J&K Sports Council and J&K Bank for their support in hosting the championship. J&K is hosting this event for the fourth time. Similarly, the ongoing I-League matches have also been organized at Srinagar in a very systematic and smooth manner. A colorful cultural presentation was also given by the students of SMVD Nursing College, Katra.