J&K Para Athletes Receive Rousing Reception

Srinagar Insha Bashir, one of the two wheelchair basketball players from Kashmir who was part of the Indian women’s wheelchair basketball team that won silver medal in an international tournament, arrived in Srinagar to a rousing reception.

Terming this as a proud moment, Insha said, “I am elated at the very thought of being part of the team that reached the final of the international event.” She added, “The real success for me is to always do my best, learn from experience, try to improve develop and get better at every opportunity coming my way.”

Insha also extended her thanks to the Sports Council and other organizations involved in the endeavour.

Pertinently, Insha was part of the selection cum training camp organized by the J&K Sports Council in Multipurpose Indoor Hall Shadipora, Sumbal Bandipora for the Indian Wheelchair Basketball team and had it teamed up with the Wheelchair Basketball Federation of India (WBFI) and Voluntary Medicare Society (VMS) last month.

Around 16 female wheelchair players from different states of India shortlisted by WBFI were part of the camp and after a battery of selection trials, Insha and Ishrat made it to the national team for the first Invitational International Wheelchair Basketball tournament held in Jaypee Sports Complex, Greater Noida from 5th-11th of this month.

Earlier, a meeting under the chairmanship of Bashir Ahmad Bhat, Joint Secretary was convened in the Administrative Complex of J&K Sports Council to finalise the arrangements.

Meanwhile, para-swimmer Chandeep Singh, while participating in the Senior men’s S-6 category won 2 silver and one bronze medal in XXII National Para Swimming Championship-2022 held in Guwahati recently.

Terming the success of specially-abled athletes like Insha, Chandeep, and Ishrat as an inspiration for all, Secretary Sports Council, Nuzhat Gull said that these athletes are the real torch bearers and their footprints are the beacon lights for others to take a cue and excel in their respective fields.

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