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Kashmiri kickboxing champion slams govt for lack of facilities

Press Trust of India  |  Srinagar 

Tajamul Islam, the eight-year-old world kickboxing champion from Bandipora district, today hit out at the for not providing proper training facilities and equipment for her and other sportspersons from her district.

In a four-minute video uploaded on Facebook, Islam, who won a gold medal at world kickboxing championship in last year, said it is a matter of shame that the state has not been able to build a proper indoor stadium in Bandipora for sportspersons which could have enabled them to train throughout the year.


"We do not have mats and a proper (roofed) hall where we can practice. The state talks big but has not done anything to provide these things to us," she said in the video.

While showing the tin shed used as 'indoor hall', the youngster said there was no heating arrangement inside that would have made training possible during winters.

"The roof is also leaking and rainwater has created potholes in the hall floor. Look at the facilities in Jammu and Delhi. Rain does not affect the sportspersons there and they can practice throughout the year," she said.

Islam appealed to the Centre and state to construct an indoor stadium in Bandipora and also provide the required equipment for her to continue her training.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Thu, March 16 2017. 18:48 IST
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