J&K State Sports Council (JKSC) has denied place to international water sports player Adil Mohi ud Din Wani, a state awardee, in the State Dragon boat team for missing the 'second' selection tria.
Adil missed the second selection trial that was conducted by Sports Council due to him being on JK Police duty. The screening of the team was held at Bakshi Stadium on Friday in which Adil ensured his presence. However, council screening committee refused to entertain him on the pretext that he missed the selection trials.
The State team was selected by the Sports Council for 5th National Dragon boat championship scheduled to be held from November 16 to 18 at Udaipur. The council conducted trials itself after the earlier trials conducted by one faction of the Water Sports Association ran into a legal battle. The other faction claimed that the trials are illegal and then Sports Council decided to send team under its own banner. It was also decided to conduct new selection trial that Adil missed.
The International star had participated in first selection process that was conducted by one faction of Water Sports Association.
Adil being dropped from the State team did not go well with sports followers in Kashmir with the topic being debated on social networking site Facebook. Adil is top water sports player in JK. He has represented India couple of times at international level also. He has won numerous medals for State and J&K Police side in various national level events. For his achievements in water sports he was honored with State award by J&K Government.
When contacted Secretary J&K State Sports Council Waheed ur Rehman Parra said that he is not aware about the matter as he is in Jammu. Moments later Parra called back and said that it shouldn't have happened and he would make sure that he (Adil) gets a berth in the state team. "I was not aware about the matter. I enquired from my staff in Srinagar regarding it and they said it is true. It shouldn't have happened at first place as we need to honor our stars. I have given directions to Kashmir province officials to include player in the side," Parra said.
"We are trying hard to attract youth towards the sports and incidents like these will only demoralize them. We need to respect our stars and I will try my best to teach my officials about the same," he added.