Kashmiri cyclist Akbar Khan to represent India in Track Asia Cup

The talented Kashmir cyclist after clinching the national gold medal underwent rigorous training during 7-month camp and the on the basis of his performance in the camp selectors decided that he woul

ABID KHAN
Srinagar, Publish Date: Nov 17 2015 11:57PM | Updated Date: Nov 17 2015 11:57PM
Kashmiri cyclist Akbar Khan to represent India in Track Asia CupGK Photo

Making history and adding another feather to his achievements, Kashmiri cyclist Muhammad Akbar Khan of Team Mirza Sons would represent India in the Track Asia Cup scheduled to be held in New Delhi from November 18 to 20.

The talented Kashmir cyclist after clinching the national gold medal underwent rigorous training during  7-month camp and the on the basis of his performance in the camp selectors decided that he would represent the country in the international cycling event.

In the Track Asia Cup organized by Cycling Federation of India (CFI) top Asian teams are expected to exhibit bit their talent at Indira Gandhi Sorts Complex, New Delhi from November 18 to 20. He is the first ever cyclist from J&K to get selected for the International event. Apart from that he is second ever national medalist for the State in cycling sports which is considered one of the toughest sports on the planet.

Akbar who represents Team Mirza Sons got gold medal for State in National road cycling event last year and was soon chosen by Cycling Federation of India for National Camp. Though he got medal in road cycling, federation coaches selected him for the track cycling on the basis of his sprint strength. Since then he has being trained in track cycling in New Delhi under the watchful eyes of Federation coaches and has made lot of progress.

“I am happy, it is dream for me and I will try my best to make it better by winning the medal in the event. I am thankful to all those people who supported me over these years and kept trust on my abilities. I am thankful to Mirza Sons, my coach Rahul Kumar, my national camp coach, Cycling Association and all those who supported me,” Akbar told Greater Kashmir on phone from Delhi.

“I am first cyclist from J&K to get selected for International event. I have been in National camp for more than seven months and during this period I was trained in short distance track events. All the expenses in camp are borne by the Federation and close to Rs 3000 are spent per day on each cyclist,” he said.

In the Asia Cup, Akbar would be taking part in two events of Team Sprint One-Kilometer and Karen Race.

J&K Cycling Team Coach, Rahul Kumar who is also in New Delhi for the event said that he has got high hopes from Akbar and expects that he (Akbar) would bring laurels for the state and the country.

“I don’t know anything about other cyclists in the team but I have got high expectations from Akbar. I have seen him making progress in the national camp and feedback from India coach is also encouraging,” Rahul said.

 

Sports fraternity elated 

Sports fraternity has hailed the selection of cyclist Muhammad Akbar Khan for the international cycling event.

Leading the praise, J&K Cycling Association, President, Ravinder Singh said that Akbar has made whole State proud. “It is proud moment for all of us and whole state and we wish him success. We hope he achieves many laurels for the state,” Singh said.

Director Mirza Sons, Ahsan Mirza while lauding the cyclist said that it is new beginning in the history of cycling era of the  State. “We are proud of this lad and he has not only made us proud but entire State. He has many firsts to his credit and now he has added another feather to his cap,” said Ahsan Mirza.

“By becoming firsts ever Kashmiri cyclist to be in Indian team for International event he has opened doors for State cyclists. We hope that with the support of everyone many more talented cyclists of State would find their way into Indian team,” he said.

J&K Sports Development Association (JKSDA) President, Bashir Ahmad Malik also lauded the cyclist and said, “I have watched this player grow in front of my eyes. He has worked hard for reaching to this level. Despite lack of proper support from government he has still managed his way into International arena”.