Srinagar: In another achievement, well known women water sport coach of J&K, Bilquis Mir has been selected as Technical team member by Asian Canoe Confederation for the Asian qualifiers for Tokyo Olympics 2020.
As per letter written by Indian Kayaking & Canoeing Association to J&K State Sports Council Bilquis Mir is a first woman in Indian Canoeing circuit to be nominated for such a prestigious position.
“Bilquis Mir who is Olympic Technical official and coach of canoeing discipline has been selected and nominated as a technical team member by Asian Canoe Confederation Japan for organizing committee of 18th Asian Canoe Sprint Championship and Asian qualifier for Tokyo Olympic-2020 held at Pattaya Thailand from March 24 to 30-2020,” a letter written by Secretary General P Kushwaha to Secretary Sports Council reads.
“Bilquis Mir will be the first women in India in canoeing to be nominated for such prestigious responsibility. She was also a part of technical committee of Asian Games Indonesia. This is also a proud moment for India and J&K that she has been selected by ACC as member of organizing technical committee,” letter further reads.
Bilquis is well known water sport coach of J&K and has represented India at various levels over the years. She has also been coach of Indian Canoeing team for almost 10 years now and has also lead team in various campaigns. Last year she represented India as official in Asian Games-2019.
“This is an honor and it is first step towards achieving bigger dream. The bigger and ultimate dream is to be part of Olympics which is pinnacle of sports arena. I hope I would be able to deliver to the best of my ability as official during the qualifiers and would be considered for the Tokyo Games-2020,” Bilquis said.
Apart from being coach and official of Indian team, Bilquis has been training youngsters back in J&K as J&K State Sports Council coach. She has groomed number of talented players in J&K and among them lot have bagged medals at National level.
“I try my best and groom the youngsters in J&K. We have been successful in our efforts to some extent but there is still lot to be done,” she added.