VMS wheelchair basketball teams return Valley to a rousing reception

SRINAGAR: The Wheelchair Basketball male and female teams, on Tuesday returned to a rousing reception at Voluntary Medicare Society’s campus at Bemina after registering their notable performance at Mohali, Chandigarh during the 6th National Wheelchair Basketball Championship which concluded on June 29.
According to Waseem Ahmad Dar, captain of the male team, representing J&K at the nationals, “We defeated teams from Pondicherry, Rajasthan and Delhi but lost to Punjab in the Quarter Finals on technical grounds.”
Besides the captain, the team comprised 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.
The women’s team that represented the State at the National Championship included Insha Bashir (Captain) who was declared Player of the Year for her overall performance and motivational skills, Ishrat Rashid, Shah Rukhsana, Parveena Rasool and Smarty.
Ishrat Rasid registered maximum baskets during the three matches they played against Rajasthan, Karnataka and Chhattisgarh. The teams were accompanied by volunteers Ishfaq Ahmad and Mushtaq 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 flag-off ceremony at VMS on 22nd ultimo. Dr Mir Mohammad Maqbool, President VMS Dr F A Kaloo, Prof Masooda 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 and presented a memento by the president VMS for his painstaking efforts.
While briefing media-persons, Shahid said the team members need regular practice with the ball and the ring to make it to the top.
Morifat Qadri appealed philanthropists to help the VMS Sports Club to augment its resources to further improve the facilities for the physically-challenged sports persons. The trip of the team was sponsored by AKA Inc.