Srinagar on Int’l cycling map


Srinagar, Dec 4: Srinagar got its place on the International cycling map with the hosting of second leg of the Tour-de-India International Cycling race here on Wednesday.
 The race was flagged off by Chief Minister, Omar Abdullah and in it around 80 cyclists that include international cyclist participated. The riders covered a total 120 kilometres with five laps of race circuit that stretched from Royal Springs Golf Course to Kashmir University Gate via Foreshore road.
 Omar said that the potential of adventure tourism like skiing, white water rafting, mountain biking, trekking, competitive and recreational cycling etc need to be showcased widely to rope in tourists having interest in these fields. He said various events of adventure and sports tourism are being organized in the state on regular intervals to provide opportunities to the lovers of adventure tourism and sports to visit the state and participate in these events.
 Expressing pleasure over the holding of ‘Tour-de-India’ cycling event in Srinagar, the Chief Minister said that this has placed Jammu and Kashmir on cycling map of the country adding that holding of this event would also attract young generation to participate in cycling competitions and also make cycling a recreational activity.
 Flagging off the event, Omar said that cycling is gaining popularity as a sport in the country and from a mere tradition it is fast developing into a sport activity rather than necessity.
 He hoped that the younger generation in the state will adopt cycling not only for keeping their body fit but also taking part in national and international cycling events.
 Omar said that the participation of cyclists from various parts of India and oversees countries is highly encouraging. He asked the organizers to make this landmark event a regular annual feature to make cycling more and more popular among young generation.
 The Chief Minister expressed the hope that the organizers of the event would also explore possibility of holding multinational cycling event in the state in future.
 In the event organisers also allowed four local cyclists to compete and it was new experience for them.
 “It was great experience for us and our moral got boost from it. We will now try to compete in other international al level events that are being held in India,” said V alley’s top cyclist Umer Nab I who got injured in the middle of the event.
 Speaker Legislative Assembly, Muhammad Akbar Lone, Finance Minister, Abdul Rahim Rather, Minister for Youth Welfare and Sports, R. S. Chib, Advisor to the Chief Minister, Mubarak Gul were present on the occasion among others.
 Cyclists from India, Thailand, UAE, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Ireland and other oversees countries are participating in the event that started at Mumbai some days back, was flagged off from Srinagar today and will move further from Noida UP to other parts of the country in its third leg.

Almansoorian of UAE emerges WINNER
Almansoorian Ahmad of UAE emerged as winner of the second leg of Tour-de-India international cycling race held here on Tuesday.
The prize distribution ceremony was held at Royal Springs Golf C ourse in which Minister for Youth Services and Sports, RS. Chib was chief guest.
Almansoorian Ahmad of UAE was declared first and awarded with a cheque of Rs. 75,000. Naveen Thomas, India stood second and was awarded with a cheque of Rs. 50,000. Third position was bagged by Sarmochi Sarva of Thailand who received a cheque of Rs. 20,000.
Runners up which include Naveen, N. Lokesh and Arun of India were awarded with Rs. 50,000, Rs. 30,000 and Rs. 20,000 respectively.

Lastupdate on : Tue, 4 Dec 2012 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Tue, 4 Dec 2012 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Wed, 5 Dec 2012 00:00:00 IST

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