SRINAGAR, SEP 12: In a bid towards healthy society and with an aim to spread awareness regarding sports, J&K State Sports Council (JKSSC) today organized a marathon, ‘Kashmir Cross Country Run 2018’ from Nehru Park to Nishat, Srinagar. More than 1200 athletes including coaches, sportspersons and students participated in the marathon.
The marathon was flagged off by the Secretary Youth Services and Sports, Sarmad Hafeez, who was the Chief Guest on the occasion.
Speaking on the occasion, Sarmad Hafeez appreciated the efforts of JK Sports Council for organizing the marathon and ensuring participation of youth in large number. He assured full support of the Government to the sportspersons in the State for providing them required facilities to further hone their skills and participation at various levels. The Secretary YSS urged youth to participate in sports events to keep them physically and mentally fit and contribute in promoting a healthy society by encouraging others for their participation too.
Later after the culmination of the marathon, Secretary, J&K State Sports Council awarded the winners with mementos and certificates.
In Senior section, Tariq Khan was adjudged as winner while Muneer Dar and Hans Raj received 2nd and 3rd positions respectively. In Junior category, Sheikh Saqibul Raheem got 1st place while Gulbadan Hikmatyar and Muzamil Hussain were declared 2nd and 3rd respectively.
Secretary, J&K State Sports Council, Dr Naseem Javaid Chowdhary while giving away the prizes to winners said, “Such activities will boost the morale of sportspersons besides helping in identifying and nurturing the talent at various age-levels under various matrices.”