Basholi, October 27, 2021: Mega three day long water sports festival organized by Jammu and Kashmir Sports Council at Basholi on Ranjit Sagar lake saw the participation of more than 8000 people and sportspersons.
Festival was inaugurated on October 24 by Block Development Council (BDC) chairperson Sushma Ji.
The Kathua leg of ‘Iconic Week Celebrations’ has witnessed an array of activities including Rowing, Kayaking, Canoeing under Water Sports category on the waterfront of Ranjit Sagar Lake, besides final day matches of Volleyball and Kabaddi at Purthu Valley.
On day two sports events including water sports activities in Ranjeet Sagar lake, Basohli , volleyball , Kabbadi, Tug of War , Wushu and various other sports activities were organised.
On the concluding day, the Grandeur of ‘Iconic Week Festival’ scaled up as the Bollywood singing sensation Nupur Pant performed on the final day enthralling the audiences in Jam packed Tourism Reception Centre, Basohli.
The concluding day started with the Flagging off a Cyclothon from Iconic Atal Setu bridge; the only cable stay bridge of North India, which passed through Basohli town and culminated at Purthu Valley also known as Mini Goa. The young Boys and Girls riders took part in the Cyclothon held in the wee hours of Tuesday morning.
The Chief Guest, Retd Col. Mahan Singh (DDC, Chairperson Kathua) in his address said Basohli has seen 1000 years of glorious past under the reign of Paul dynasty where Basohli was a hub of economic and social activities and named Vishwasthali.
He said with the coming up of Water Sports Academy in Ranjit Sagar Lake, Basohli will once again attain new heights this time on the tourist landscape of the world.
He appreciated JK Sports Council, Divisional and District Administration for their concerted efforts to bring Water Sports to Basohli.
While speaking on the occasion, Deputy Commissioner, Kathua, Rahul Yadav said that maiden Water Sports Festival under the aegis of ‘Iconic Week Celebrations’ will benefit local young players to encash this opportunity. He said efforts will be made to make Water Sports a regular calendar activity in Basohli. He also appreciated players who took part in this maiden mega event.
Secretary, JK Sports Council, Nuzhat Gull said the Water Sports Activities set up at Basohli will soon emerge as a popular and dream destination for Water Sports lovers. She said the local youth can avail the best opportunity to train themselves and compete in National and International events.
Later, the chief guest gave away prizes to winners and participants of different sports competitions.
The Duggar Folk artists including local talent of Basohli got cheers from the audience numerous times.
Later in the evening, massive Fireworks amid the beautifully illuminated and decked up TRC building and Famous Atal Setu bridge marked the grand culmination of the event.
Local cultural groups performed including Sohan Lal, Jamal Din , Basohli musical group. Audience was enthralled by veteran artist Romalu Ram and his party. Simmu Thakur group, Rinku Mansar wale also performed during the event.
Prof. Shiv Kumar Padha, historian and Rajiv Sharma, social worker and sportsperson from Basholi also participated on the concluding day and appreciated the Sports council for organizing the event.
1:- Cycling ( Boys)Pawan Kumar -GoldMuzzaffar – SilverNitan Kumar -Bronze2:- Cycling (Girlz)Payal Devi – GoldAkanksha -SilverKajal Devi -Bronze3:- Tug Of War (Menz)Winners :- High School BhikkerTeam line up:- Asraf Hussain, Salib Ahmed, Mohd. Asif, Touseffe Ahmed, Sikander Ali, Mohd. AftabRunners up :- High School Sialog: Team Line up :- Saddam Hussain, Ram Paul, Kartar Chand, Ajay Kumar, Rahil Kumar, Dilk Raj.Game :- Wushu Event :-Taulo :Gold:-Pawana, Pratibha, Hiranya, PraznathDhruvika, KavitaEvent :- SandaGold:- Chitvan, Kapish, Vinod pal, Dhanveer, Janvi, Kannau, Udhay, Riya.Silver:- Aradhya, Siddhant, Krishang, Om Ballowria, Jiya, Vasudev, Anwar, SummanyuGame :- Kabaddi: WinnersTeam line up: – Mintu kumar, Sohan Lal, Gourav Kumar, Ankush Kumar, Yogesh kumar, Rohit Padwal, Mohd. Suleman, ArimRunners Up: Team line up:- Vishal Singh, Daleep Kumar, Sahil Kumar, Varin Paroch, Ravinder Singh, Raheel Singh, Kanav Kumar, Maljeet Singh, Rahul SinghGame: – Volleyball: Winners:Team line up:-Aftab, Rinku, Rajesh, Kulbushan, Nageem, Anil Kumar, Jagdish Kumar, Akshay Kumar, Sahil Kumar, Dharam paul, Raval Singh, Madan KumarRunners Up: Team line up:- Sunny kumar, Jyoti Kumar, Rakesh Kumar, Sominder Kumar, Varun Singh, Vansh Singh, Amir Singh, Ansh Singh.Game :- Water SportsEvent :- Indoor Rowing , 1000 mtr. Open (Men) Gold :- Asif Ali, Silver:- Zahid Hussain, Bronze :- Danish Abbas, 500 mtr. Open (Men)Gold:- Shabir Hussain, Silver:- Abrar Ahmed, Bronze :- Mohd. Ali, Event :- KI -1000 mtr.(Men): Gold :- Riyaz, Silver :- Amir, Bronze :- Arfat.KI- 500 mtr. (Men): Gold :-Suhail, Silver :-Dawood, Bronze :- AnsarKI- 200 mtr (Men): Gold:- Suhail, Silver:- Dawood, Bronze:- Riyaz,CI – 1000 mtr (Men): Gold:- Adil, Silver :- Idrees, Bronze :- ShaahnawazCi – 200 mtr. Sr. Men Final: Gold :- Idrees, Silver :- Adil, Bronze :- Akbar.Ci – 500 mtr. Sr. Men Final: Gold :- Shahnawaz, Silver :- Mohd. Akbar, Bronze:- SaifWater Ski Slalom: Gold :- Zubair Ahmed, Silver :- Feroz Ahmed, Bronze :- Sahil Abbas.