Ignored for awards, Villayat again selected for national camp for Australia event

One of the top Canoe Slalom players in the country, Villayat Hussain of Srinagar has been again selected by Indian Kayaking and Canoeing Association (IKCA) for the national coaching camp.
Ignored for awards, Villayat again selected for national camp for Australia event
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One of the top Canoe Slalom players in the country, Villayat Hussain of Srinagar has been again selected by Indian Kayaking and Canoeing Association (IKCA) for the national coaching camp.

The national coaching camp is being conducted by IKCA under the aegis of Sports Authority of India (SAI) for the selection of Indian team for the ICF-2019 Oceania Canoe Slalom Championship scheduled to be held at Penrith, New Australia from February 22 to 24.

The coaching camp would be held in Narmada River Madhya Pradesh from January 30 to February 18. In the camp there are 11 men and nine women in senior category while as junior category include nine boys and five girls. The men's category includes Villayat Hussain from Srinagar who is one of the top Canoe Slalom players in the country. He recently bagged two medals in the national championship and has previously been part of the national camp on multiple occasions. Villayat Hussain so far has bagged more than 24 medals for the state in national events that too in Olympic discipline like Canoe Slalom.

He is currently casual labour in Sports Council and his achievements at national level and being selected for national camps have not yielded him any benefits from the state. He has been continuously ignored for the awards by Sports Council as well as State.

For the IKCA once again has appointed Bilquis Mir as the coach along with other five coaches from across the country.

While Villayat has opted to remain silent on the treatment meted to him and focus on his game, Coach Bilquis Mir is disappointed.

"I am disappointed with the sports culture and the current scenario in sports in our state. I mostly remain busy with National camps but I believe Villayat should have been honored for achievements long back. If Sports Council, State can honour the unknown sports disciplines, why have continuously ignored Olympic discipline," she said.

"Villayat was last year number one ranked Canoe Slalom player in India and this year too he has done well. He has found place in National camp due to hardwork and achievements in the national events. I am confident that he will be selected for the Australia championship," she added.

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