Excelsior Sports Correspondent
PAHALGAM, June 4: First ever Open National Mountain Running Challenge was held at World famous tourist destination Pahalgam today. Both men and women athletes from different Sates of India participated in the competition. Athletes from J&K pocketed five medals out of total six in the challenge. Tanveer Hussain from Jammu and Kashmir who is working in J&K Bank bagged Gold medal while Imtiyaz Ahamad also from host State J&K who is working in J&K Police got silver and Hakeem Aqib from J&K won bronze medal in men section. In women section, Farhana Bhat from J&K bagged gold, Shazia Ali from J&K won silver medal while Alfiya Mulani from Maharashtra pocketed bronze medal. Member J&K State Sports Council Rifat Abdullah, Joint Secretary Indian Mountain Running Association Chander Bhan Bhasin, President J&K Mountain Running Association Mohammad Yousuf and Secretary General Sqay Federation of India Nazir Ahmad Mir distributed prizes among the winners.
The event was organized by Indian Mountain Running Association. First 10 position holders of the event were given merit certificates. The athletes who got the first 10 positions in men category include, Tanveer Ahmad (J&K), Imtiyaz Ahmad (J&K), Aqib Hakeem (J&K), Vinod Kumar (Chandigarh), Abhishek (Delhi), Shubankar (Delhi), Rajindra (Karnataka), Vipin (Haryana), Madapa (Haryana) Rahul (Haryana) and Harshal (Madhya Pradesh) while in Women category, Farhana and Shazia From J&K, Alfiya Mulani (Maharashtra), Shivali Grag (Haryana), Vertika Sexana and Itesha Singh from Madhya Pradesh, Shriya Nazare (Maharashtra), Shahnaza Ali (J&K), Karishma and Ishiqa Goyel from Haryana bagged first 10 positions. Notably, Indian and J&K Mountain Running associations have organized many mountain running championships in J&K from last six years and the sport is becoming popular day by day in J&K. Mountain Running is a part of athletics and its activities take place throughout the world. Indian Mountain Running Association says that Mountain running sport is not only being promoted as a competitive sport in the country but it is being considered as adventure tourism activity as well.