Srinagar: Valley’s top athlete and one of the notable figure in sports arena of State, Tanveer Hussain will be part of J&K State Sports Council first batch of contingent that will undergo 2 months sports coaching training at NIS Patiala from November 1.
The first batch comprising of 60 youngsters, 29 from Kashmir division and 30 from Jammu division, will be given training in various disciplines including athletics, boxing, basketball, cricket, football, gymnastics, hockey, handball, health and fitness, judo, swimming, volleyball, wushu, weight lifting and others.
The Kashmir division batch was flagged-off by Commissioner Secretary Youth Service and Sports Hilal Ahmad Parray, Secretary Sports Council Waheed ur Rehman Parra including others. The special certificate training course is jointly sponsored by J&K State Sports Council and Sports Authority of India.
However, the training program has already raised many eyebrows with questions being raised on the inclusion of many non-athletic background aspirants in athletic coaching programe.
“In athletic they have included around 28 aspirants which looks like joke to me. Athletic is that field of sports in State that produce very less number of players owing to its grueling practice and hard training. Among the 28, only four boys and one girl are known in athletic circles like Reyaz Ahmad , Tanveer Hussain, Imitiyaz Ahmad and Nisar. Rest have been picked by JKSSC officials for the mere certificate process,” said one of the Swimming hopeful.
“I had applied for Swimming but they kept that for next batch. Instead they have included 28 only in athletics. Numbers of players in athletic batch have no athlete background. It seems they have been given District medal certificates by Sports Council officials in home. To get district certificate is no big deal, even National certificates are being provided in state without participation,” he said.
While Reyaz Ahmad of police is known for his dominance of domestic athletic arena, Tanveer is known for his diversification in the field. He is only athlete in valley to have run 100-kilometer continuously while undertaking protest run five years ago.