SRINAGAR: Kashmiri triathlete Ehtisham Fayaz Khan has been invited to represent Kashmir at an international Triathlon event, Durianman Triathlon, scheduled to be held at Davao City in Philippines on April 23. But he cannot afford the travel.
“I need around about Rs 2 lakh. I can’t afford such a big amount,” Khan told Kashmir Reader.
Khan said he has no found a sponsor and J&K’s Triathlon Association, which could have facilitated the trip, is defunct.
“I appeal state government especially Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti to come forward and help me so that I will be able to compete in the event,” Khan said.
Khan said Sports Council secretary Waheed-ur Rehman Parra told him his trip couldn’t be sponsored because the game is not recognised.
According to Khan the game is “recognised by the International Olympic Committee.”
“This sport is not lucrative. I have passion for it. It tests one’s endurance level. Of course, the distances vary for different events. For example, in the Olympics it is 1.5 km of swimming, 40 km biking and 10 km of running. Triathlon is also known as Iron man’s game,” said 20-year-old Khan.
Khan said tourism department officials, whom he approached for sponsorship, have responded positively.
Ehtisham is a passionate adventure sports’ athlete. In his career, he has participated in six Indian tournaments, become a top runner in Jammu and Kashmir, and won a bronze medal in artificial rock-climbing.
Ehtisham Khan walked about 107 km with former Australian parliamentarian Pat Farmer from the Jawahar tunnel in south Kashmir on the last leg of his ultra-marathon, last year.