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First J&K cyclist to don India colours, Dar dreams of Olympics

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

With international medals boosting his confidence, dreams of representing the country in one day.

Hailing from Kawoosa village in district, the 18-year-old Dar is the first from to represent the country. His family cultivates fruits and vegetables and he was spotted during a talent hunt in

Dar won two medals -- a silver in the 3km individual pursuit and a bronze in the 4km team pursuit -- at the Asian Junior Championships held in Jakarata earlier this year.

"I was selected through trials in I was the first among all the athletes," Dar told on Tuesday.

is not very popular in the Valley but his father and fellow villagers inspired Dar to take up the sport.

"My father used to ride a cycle and then there were a lot of people in my village around that's how I got the inspiration to ride," he said.

Dar was today felicitated by the Federation of (CFI) along with the other Indian medallist of

In 2017, Dar had become the first in to win four gold medals at the National School Games which promptly earned him praise from former Jammu and and VVS Laxman on

The teenager has been training in for the past four years where he has access to world class equipment and training. He has represented in several tournaments at the junior level.

"I have participated in the Asian Cup and then Asian Championship. My aim now is to represent India in the Olympics," he said.

Seeing the terrific performance by the junior cyclists in the recent events, has agreed to include them in their development programme for the Target Olympic Podium Scheme.

"has principally agreed to include four of the junior cyclists in the development scheme of TOPS. There is a meeting on May 29, we have our fingers crossed," said CFI

"These kids have proved themselves, they have the potential. We just want the best for them," he added.

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First Published: Tue, May 21 2019. 19:41 IST