Despite suffering odds J&K sportsmen keep their head high in Kerala National Games


gym1Despite washing out of sports facilities due to the recent deluge, the Jammu and Kashmir sports players are leaving no stone unturned to bring laurels to the state in the sports arena at the National Games in Kerala. The 100-member strong contingent which is representing the state is being appreciated for the good performances, and hard work they are putting in the field, on the ring, and in the ground. It goes to the credit of the J&K players that despite having poor facilities, and also due to the deluge in both Kashmir as well as Jammu they have not given up but instead have chosen to put their best feet forward.

Best among the J&K players has been the Women’s all round team which has won gold in gymnastics for the first time in the history of the state. A senior team member said that because of the floods in the state, the team from Kashmir had to shift base to Jammu, and there too the practise facilities were in bad shape. Despite that the players are in great mood, and are giving their best, he adds. J&K Chief de Mission Hardeep Singh Gill said that adversity is part and parcel of life, and though infrastructure had disappeared but basic facilities have been put in place, and the team will give good results. Till now, J&K has won two gold, one silver and three bronze medals in the ongoing Games.

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It goes to the credit of four state girls that include Pawandeep Kaur, Palak Kaur, Mitali Dogra, and Mridul Gupta to combine, and win Jammu and Kashmir’s first ever team medal in rhythm gymnastics at the National Games. Their coach SP Singh says that a lot of hard work has gone in the last eighteen months to prepare the team. He also thanked the Jammu and Kashmir Sports Council for helping the players, and providing adequate infrastructure.