Athlete Younis employs Parkour skills to inspire youth to stay off from drug abuse
Post by on Monday, February 21, 2022
A young man in South Kashmir’s Verinag area has become a new sensation in the field of Parkour and Freerunning. Younis Reshi, 27, hails from Chontipora hamlet-a stone's throw from the famous Mughal Garden Verinag.
The athlete believes sports and other physical activity is the best weapon against substance abuse. He hopes that his Parkour skills can inspire others, especially youth to stay away from drug abuse.
Younis was attracted to Parkour and Freerunning since childhood. He was studying in LKG when he took part in a running competition for the first time and bagged first position. This ignited interest in him regarding athletics. Since then, he has bagged many awards at the state and national level.
“From 8th class, I started as a professional athlete. In 2018, I performed a Sola Ultra-marathon of 135 kilometres under the watch of local civil society in 11 hours and 6 minutes.”
His family was hesitant in supporting his sports pursuits but seeing Younis’s hardwork and accolades he received changed their perception.
Parkour and Freerunning
Since childhood, watching movies and protagonists performing stunts, prompted the young athlete to copy their acts.
He said, “I used to watch movies and remember stunts of actors only to perform them the next day. But, doing the acts wasn’t an easy task especially without the required equipment and training.”
For the last three years, he has been uploading his stunt videos on social media with an aim to catch the attention of youth. He said that the main motive to upload all the stunt videos on social media is to divert the attention of youth from drugs to sports.
Younis said, “The problem here is that we don't have any playground nor do we have an indoor stadium. I perform all my stunts on hard ground and have often suffered injuries.”
He recently posted a video on Facebook "Painful Fails" which received 2.3 million views.