JKSDA felicitates Dr Ashai

‘Valley Sportspersons Lack Fitness’

Srinagar, Dec 26: The J&K Sports Development Association (JKSDA) on Tuesday felicitated Valley’s famed physiotherapist and sports trainer Dr. Aijaz Ashai for becoming the first Indian physio to qualify International Rugby Physio exam.
The six day course held in Ireland last month gives Ashai license to coach any Rugby team in the world for at least three years. The prestigious exam was conducted by International Rugby Football Union.
The JKSDA held felicitation here in which it awarded Dr Aijaz with the trophy. On behalf of JKSDA he received felicitation trophy from its Vice-President Bashir Ahmad Malik
Speaking on the occasion Dr Aijaz said, “Though I have got too many awards but it is always special to be honoured for your achievement in your home State. I thank JKSDA for it and assure them every kind of assistance on my behalf for the development of sports in the Valley”.
He said there  no dearth of talent in Valley youth but the only thing is that they lack is fitness.
“I am of the view that Valley has got talent in abundance but they lack in fitness. They only care about playing techniques and are least bothered about fitness. In current world of sport fitness carries more weight than playing talent,” he said.
Giving example of JK Cricketers, he said, “J&K State has not produced even a single International level cricketer till date. On the contrary in Football, the State has given many international level footballers as they have focused on fitness and concentrating on overall practice. I have never seen any JK Cricketer practising and working on his fitness in early morning hours”.
Over the years, Dr Aijaz has earned a name and fame in the field of advanced physiotherapy and is consulted worldwide for his expertise on injury prevention in sports, treatment of ‘sporting’ injuries, orthopaedic problems, neuro rehabilitation and sports physical fitness training.
His career is studded with a number of achievements and he added one more recently after he was honoured with Young Achiever award by the Indian Association of Physiotherapy at New Delhi during the golden jubilee ceremony.
Currently he is the Head of Department of Advance Physiotherapy and Sports rehabilitation at Saifee hospital, Mumbai.
He has also served as physio for Mumbai Indians team in Indian Premier League.
Dr Ashai’s expertise has helped famous personalities like cricket maestro Sachin Tendulkar, tennis player Leander Paes and Mahesh Bhupati and Olympic tennis player Manisha Malhotra.

Lastupdate on : Wed, 26 Dec 2012 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Wed, 26 Dec 2012 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Thu, 27 Dec 2012 00:00:00 IST

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