VMS Wheelchair basketball team shines at national level

VMS Wheelchair basketball team shines at national level

The Wheelchair Basketball teams both male and female on Monday returned to a rousing reception at Voluntary Medicare Society's campus here at Bemina Saturday after registering brilliant performance at Mohali in the VIth National Wheelchair Basketball Championship that concluded on June 29.

According to Waseem Ahmad Dar, captain of the male team,representing J&K at the Nationals, they defeated teams from Pondicherry,Rajasthan and  Delhi to reachquarterfinals but lost to Punjab in the quarterfinals on technical grounds.

The team comprised of Tariq Ahmad Shah, Zahoor Ahmad Ganie,Irfan Rasool Lone, Aijaz Ahmad Ganie, Farooq Ahmad Sheikh, Gowher Ahmad Ganie,Ishfaq  Ahmad Ganie  and Danish Ahmad Beigh besides the captain.

The women's team that represented the state at the NationalChampionship included Insha Bashir, Captain, who was declared player of theyear for her overall performance and motivational skills. Other members wereIshrat Rashid, Shah Rukhsana, Parveena Rasool and Smarty. Ishrat Rasidregistered maximum baskets during the three matches they played againstRajasthan, Karnataka and Chattisgarh. However the only handicap with the teamwas their numbers, just five against full teams from other States.

The teams were accompanied by volunteers Ishfaq Ahmad andMushtaq Ahmad besides Mohammad Afzal, an aide from VMS.

The teams were sponsored by Australia based Kashmiri group'Australia-Kashmir Inc' whose representative Mudasir was present at the flagoffceremony at VMS. Dr Mir Mohammad Maqbool, President VMS, Dr F A Kaloo, ProfMasooda Yasin, members of EB, VMS, Treasurer A H Banday and M Morifat Qadri,secretary, VMS felicitated the teams.

Shahid Raza, coach of the teams, was also felicitated andpresented a memento by the President, VMS for his painstaking efforts. In hisbriefing to the media persons, Shahid said that the team members need regularpractice with the ball and the ring to make it to the top. Morifat Qadriappealed philanthropists to help the VMS Sports Club to augment its resourcesto further improve the facilities for the physically challenged sports persons.

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