December, Dec 19: J&K Dragon Boat Team participating in the 7th National Dragon Boat Championship being held at Guwahati, Assam won overall Championship on the second day of the National Championship event and bagged 5 Gold medals and one Silver medal. The State team won Three Gold medals in 500 meters event for Men, Women and Mixed events, held today. Earlier, the J&K team had won two Gold and 1 Silver medal in the 200 meter event, yesterday. The National Championship is being held at Assam from 17th to 19thDecember. The Team Chief Coach Farooq Ahmed and Coach Showkat Ahmed and Manager Muzafar Ahmed Shah accompanied the team of 32 constituents, including boys and girls, who had been imparted special coaching training in Dal Lake Srinagar by the J&K Dragon Boat Association. In total 22 teams from all over the Country participated in the event, including J&K. The J&K Dragon Boat Association, through its President MS Punnu, (SSP) and Vice President Er. Aamir Ali thanked Additional Director General, J&K Armed Police SM Sahai and Secretary to Govt, Tourism Department Er. Farooq Ahmed Shah for their support and also thanked Chairman J&K Bank, J&K Tourism Department and Omer Trumboo of TCI Cements for sponsoring the team members. The team members are youth from habitations, living within Dal Lake and volunteers of Civil Defence. Addl. DGP, J&K Armed Police SM Sahai and Addl DGP, Civil Defence, L. Mohanti, Secretary to Govt. Tourism Dept., Farooq A Shah, as well as Vice Presidents of the Association Kuldeep Handoo and Liaqat Qadri, Joint Secretary Mushtaq Ahmed War and Rashid Ahmed have also conveyed their congratulatory messages to the team members for winning the National Championship.
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