Ganderbal Athletes Shine In Int’l Sqay Championships


GANDERBAL- Ganderbal district has once again demonstrated its sporting prowess as its athletes brought home a total of 11 medals from the 7th South Asian Sqay Championship and Tri-Nation International 2023 held in Kathmandu, Nepal. The championship was held from February 3 to 5.

An official told the news agency KNO that eight talented athletes won gold, while three others brought home silver.

The gold medallists in the South Asian Sqay Championship include Nazia Bano, Nasir Zargar, Riyan Bin Riyaz, Saleem Shah, Sheikh Uzair, Adnan Farooq Rather, Mehak Yousuf, and Sajad Khan. Aqsa Showkat, Radifa, and Abid Ajaz won silver medals. Rameez Rehman also won a Gold medal in the Tri-National International Championship 2023.

“The district is grateful for the support provided by DC Ganderbal Shayambir Sir who sponsored two of the players, and the SSP Ganderbal who also sponsored two players,” the official said, adding that the district is dedicated to promoting sports culture and providing the best athletes to represent the district, state, and country at every level.

The media wing of Ganderbal Sqay also extended its gratitude to all those who have supported and encouraged sports culture in the district. It congratulated all the medallists for their “impressive performance”.

The total number of participants from India was 108 at the 7th South Asian Championship held in Kathmandu, Nepal. Out of these, 57 participants were from Jammu & Kashmir and 12 were from Ganderbal.

Saleem Pathan, coach of the athletes while talking to KNO expressed his joy and pride over the achievement of district Ganderbal.

“The medal wins are a testament to the talent and hard work of the athletes who represented the Union Territory,” Pathan said, adding, “With this accomplishment, Ganderbal has confirmed its position as a powerful competitor in the world of sports.”

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