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March 26, 2020 00:00:00 |

Kashmiri heroes  

Levitations by sportspersons of Kashmir are not just personal imports but upshots celebrated by large number of people across Jammu and Kashmir. Some inspiring stories like in recent times of Pervez Rasool, Mehrajuddin Wadoo, Ishfaq Ahmed, who have made their mark in cricket and football serve to lift the spirits of the whole community. It is essential for any community to have heroes – men, women or children whose feats push all to excellence. Having said that, we do realize and admit that in most sports arenas the people of Jammu and Kashmir are yet to make it big. With sports and associated industries, especially the organized media and sponsors looking for promotion of their brands, opportunities have increased in the last ten to fifteen years. There are numerous sporting events organized and held at different venues across India every year, not to mention international venues. Progress in this field particularly has been tremendous and the question whether there is future in sports has been vitiated. Today, trainings and education go together from an early age. Even if there is a small chance, it is improved and as such talent or potential is not wasted. Somehow, in Jammu and Kashmir we have not been able to keep the pace. Among different sportsperson who get to represent at national and international levels, we don’t find many from Kashmir. This happens despite Jammu and Kashmir backing different sports and activities. We have special category reserved for sports, councils for sports, government sponsored programmes and more than that we have talent, but somehow it does not add well. In many departments, since government is the prominent among employing, people have been selected for their sporting abilities. Nonetheless, once employed their story has a common curious end, for we never heard from them again, making news or winning accolades. It is believed that the lucrative offer – government job – is further hurting Kashmir in yet another way, as for many talented players the uncertainty to make it in life plays against them for a certain employment opportunity. It is certainly a death blow to sportsmanship, to the spirit that a sportsperson carries which is to excel in a particular sporting event and in life too. If Kashmir’s spending on sports activities plus the additional assistance it receives are calculated for a decade only, shouldn’t there be more sportspersons of repute in our know today. It can mean that the resources are not well used and traditional practices continue to be causes of slack. With few heroes emerging from Kashmir, no doubt that the young are always short of role models and give up easily. It is more of a shame than a question before the entire community (people of Kashmir) – we are not able to find, identify or put forward competitors which will in turn helps us to be found in the competitive world.                                 

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Kashmiri heroes  

              

Levitations by sportspersons of Kashmir are not just personal imports but upshots celebrated by large number of people across Jammu and Kashmir. Some inspiring stories like in recent times of Pervez Rasool, Mehrajuddin Wadoo, Ishfaq Ahmed, who have made their mark in cricket and football serve to lift the spirits of the whole community. It is essential for any community to have heroes – men, women or children whose feats push all to excellence. Having said that, we do realize and admit that in most sports arenas the people of Jammu and Kashmir are yet to make it big. With sports and associated industries, especially the organized media and sponsors looking for promotion of their brands, opportunities have increased in the last ten to fifteen years. There are numerous sporting events organized and held at different venues across India every year, not to mention international venues. Progress in this field particularly has been tremendous and the question whether there is future in sports has been vitiated. Today, trainings and education go together from an early age. Even if there is a small chance, it is improved and as such talent or potential is not wasted. Somehow, in Jammu and Kashmir we have not been able to keep the pace. Among different sportsperson who get to represent at national and international levels, we don’t find many from Kashmir. This happens despite Jammu and Kashmir backing different sports and activities. We have special category reserved for sports, councils for sports, government sponsored programmes and more than that we have talent, but somehow it does not add well. In many departments, since government is the prominent among employing, people have been selected for their sporting abilities. Nonetheless, once employed their story has a common curious end, for we never heard from them again, making news or winning accolades. It is believed that the lucrative offer – government job – is further hurting Kashmir in yet another way, as for many talented players the uncertainty to make it in life plays against them for a certain employment opportunity. It is certainly a death blow to sportsmanship, to the spirit that a sportsperson carries which is to excel in a particular sporting event and in life too. If Kashmir’s spending on sports activities plus the additional assistance it receives are calculated for a decade only, shouldn’t there be more sportspersons of repute in our know today. It can mean that the resources are not well used and traditional practices continue to be causes of slack. With few heroes emerging from Kashmir, no doubt that the young are always short of role models and give up easily. It is more of a shame than a question before the entire community (people of Kashmir) – we are not able to find, identify or put forward competitors which will in turn helps us to be found in the competitive world.                                 

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