Abdul Gani (49) gave up his career as a state Government employee for his passion to promote sports among the youth of Gool – a small tehsil spread over treacherous mountains of Pir Panhcal range.
Gani has worked with top officials while serving at General Administration Department (GAD), Divisional Commissioner Jammu office, and Deputy Commissioner Ramban office.
During the years of government service, this man hailing from Dharam -a sleeping village located in mountainous Gool tehsil, has lived a luxurious life with powerful people around.
But, at the age of 49, he decided to seek voluntary retirement from service to live his dream of becoming a facilitator and mentor for promoting sports in his area. The inner drive to do something that will be remembered by generations to come forced him to take up this challenging task. On April 30, 2016, Gani retired from government service- around 10 years before his superannuation in the year 2026.
"Yeh Zindagi Faani Hai, Isliye Kuch Yaaden Yahan Chod Jaani Hain (This life is perishable, therefore I want to leave some memories behind)", Abdul Gani would recite this couplet, when ever asked about his mission.
Popularly known as "VRS sportsperson of DC Office Ramban" Gani has also to his credit unique record of organising 4 tehsil (Gool) level volleyball tournaments. He also organised a tournament with Seema Suraksha Bal (SSB) played by locals and players of SSB.
After this tournament (with SSB), "His story of passion for sports" was also carried by the paramilitary force in its magazine published from Delhi.
"I am a popular man in SSB but State Sports Department did not acknowledge my efforts", he said, adding, "Recently, I asked the Sports Department to help me in construction of pavilion area around the volleyball court but they responded very coldly".
"After retirement, I purchased sports equipments including floodlights worth several lakhs. Later I used my own two kanal land for developing a modern Volleyball court with concrete protection walls around to protect it from threat of erosion as the area is hilly", he said.
On indifference of State Sports department, Gani said, "Let me tell you frankly that I am not dependent on state government for anything but their approach matters. If I can develop volleyball court and purchase costly floodlights, I can construct the pavilion for the sports lover as well".
Every evening, students of Government High School Dharam and other youth of the village play volleyball at his court and gives him the satisfaction of doing something he planned after retirement.
"I want to organise a district level volleyball tournament but it is possible for me to manage things alone. So I want the district administration to help me financially", Gani said.
Having high hopes in his endeavor, Gani said, "I want that people will remember me as the 'old sportsman' of Gool tehsil".