News Desk/The News Cradle: Roaming around the Indoor stadium, Srinagar and watching his friends relish Wushu was enough for Mr Aijaz Hassan to join the sport of martial art in 1990. At the age of 10, Mr Aijaz, son of an ex-army personel now an auto driver started his practice under his coach Late Farooq with a pair of sleepers. Despite poverty and availability of less equipment, his sleepers and passionate practice led him to participate in a number of championships and win medals.
Like every other player his voyage also set off with accomplishment of medals at district and state level but unlike every other player he decided never to stop. “After medals at district level, soon I started bagging them at state level and I decided not to stop until I represent the name of my state and my country at the international level. I decided to make my parents proud”, said Mr Hassan, an ordinary boy from Allochi Bagh, Srinagar who represented his country in World championships in Muay Thai in Malaysia.
2013 passed as a year of despair for Hassan lost his coach Farooq Ahmad and Wushu Association lost a treasure putting down the integral responsibility to Mr Maqsood Ahmad Rather, Secretary Wushu Association, Srinagar. With the same passion as that of Mr Farooq Ahmad, Mr Rather never settled down while training Mr Hassan to triumph one achievement after another.
10 times state medalist, 7 times national medalist and 2 times national champion at Muay Thai, Mr Hassan, in 2006 achieved International Gold Medal in Mumbai for Kick boxing and in 2017, became an international gold medalist for Wushu held at Armenia in Europe.
“Because of the unrest in Kashmir youth here is going through mental instability and trauma resulting in less participation in sports. But if the participation from Kashmir increases it may help people off the mental trauma”, advises Mr Hassan, the first player from Kashmir to achieve a gold medal internationally in Wushu.