Abhaydeep Singh,Fazal,Rameez pocket titles in respective categories


Srinagar—First Off-Road MTB championship organized Sheikh-ul-Aalam Sports Development Association Budgam (SSDA) in collaboration with J&K State Sports Council concluded at Polo Ground here on Thursday, a statement from organizers said.

Last day of the event saw competition for the title with semifinals and finals held in under-14, 17 and seniors categories.

In Under-14 category, Abhaydeep Singh of Burn Hall emerged winner while as Tajamul of Celestial Buds Narbal bagged second place and Junaid also of Celestial Buds finished third.

In the Under-17 category Fazal Wani of Burn hall cruised to win while as Zaid Hameed of Burn Hall and Faheem of Candid Higher Secondary finished second and third respectively. In the senior category Rameez emerged winner while as Waheed Ahmad of Celestial Buds and Parvaiz from Amar Singh College finished second and third respectively.

The two-day event saw around 350 riders hailing from different schools and clubs of Kashmir participating in it. The championship was supported by J&K bank, J&K Tourism, Amblin, Youth Services and Sports Department Budgam and Spring Buds Educational Trust Ompora.

Director Tourism, Kashmir Mahmood Ahmad Shah was Chief Guest on the occasion while as Incharge Corporate Communications J&K Bank Sajad Bazaz was guest of honor. Member Sports Council Bilquis Mir, Indian Olympic Official Dr Sanjogita, Director Sports Islamia College Dr Altaf Ur Rehman and veteran sports administrator Nisar Hussain were among other guests present.


Speaking on the occasion, Mahmood Ahmad Shah said, “I am impressed with the idea which is unique in our part of the world. In European countries these type of events are part of their culture and daily activities. They do it because they love to do and develop same mentality among their youth from very early age. We need to develop same concept here by conducting more and more such events”.

“When I first came to know about cycling event is scheduled to be held in Polo Ground, I was puzzled. But now after witnessing it for two days I am really impressed and the organizers need to applaud for coming up with such a unique idea,” he added.


Sajad Bazaz of J&K Bank said that J&K bank is always at forefront in promotion of such activities and always helps sportsperson who reach to it for the support.

“It is part of our plan to encourage sports persons and the activities. Throughout the year Bank sponsors and support large number of sports activities through the State,” Bazaz said.

Dr Sanjogita said that she has been part of India’s Anti Doping body for last many years and always aware players to stay away from drugs.

“Being part of anti doping body I always encourage youngsters to stay away from drugs, and doping in sports. I encourage them to boost their performance through natural source of proteins carbohydrates,” she said. 

Students from RP School, Burn Hall, Kashmir Harvard, Tyndale Biscoe, Celestial Buds, Spring Buds Ompora, Minto Circle, Candid Higher Secondary School and Modern Era participated in student categories.

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