The picturesque district of Ganderbal witnessed a grand welcome to the historic G20 event in Kashmir with the ‘Pedal for Peace’ cyclothon organized by the social voluntary organization ‘Voice for Peace and Justice’.
More than 500 sportspersons from across the valley participated in the event and expressed their desire for peace and development in Kashmir.
When the G20 delegates arrived in Kashmir for the Y-20 event, the focus on promoting Kashmir’s traditional crafts and tourism industry at the global level became prominent. The new generation of Kashmiri youth is eager for more employment to be created in the region and for the sport to be promoted and nurtured so that their talent can be showcased at the international level.
“The purpose of organizing this Cyclothon was actually to celebrate the arrival of foreign delegates associated with the G20. This international event will significantly promote the local traditional arts of handicrafts, carpet and shawl weaving and boost Kashmir’s tourism sector globally, which in turn will create new sources of employment in violence-affected Kashmir,” said Farooq Ganderbali, Patron of Voice for Peace and Justice.
The cycle race, which took the Lar to Sher-i-Kashmir Park Manigam route on the Srinagar-Leh State Highway bypass passing through the Sambal-Manigam areas of Ganderbal district, was divided into three categories: senior and junior men and open age categories. for women.
The launch and presentation ceremony was attended by world renowned cyclist Dr Mohammad Akbar Khan who encouraged all the participants and awarded cycles, trophies, cash prizes and certificates to first, second and third place winners in all three categories.
“Kashmiri youth who were once exploited in the name of religion and freedom have been made scapegoats and lured to be buried in graveyards. Whereas now is the time for our talented youth to shine in Asia, Olympics and other world championships,” added Farooq Ganderbali.
The organizers also assured that they will provide the athletes with better opportunities in the field of sports in the near future, taking another step to promote sports in the region.
The cyclothon organized by VoPJ was to welcome the G20 meeting in Srinagar, which could be seen as a gesture of support for the forum’s efforts for sustainable economic growth and development in Jammu and Kashmir. With India chairing the G20 until November 2023, the event is seen as an opportunity for the region to showcase its potential and promote peace and prosperity.
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