Kashmir’s first female water sports coach Bilquis Mir selected as Asian Games judge

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Appointed as a judge for the upcoming Asian Games in Hangzhou in 2022 in September, Kashmir’s first female water sports coach, Bilquis Mir, has expressed her joy at being the only Indian woman selected for the honor at the Games.

Hailing from Srinagar, Bilquis Mir had his humble beginnings in the waters of peaceful and scenic Dal Lake. From this, reaching the Asian Games stage and as a judge is indeed a commendable feat for the Khanyar-born coach.

“It’s a dream come true for me. Two days ago, I was appointed as an Asian Games judge by the Asian Games Canoe Federation. This will be my second Asian Games, but this one is quite special for me being a Kashmiri girl, who started her career in Dal Lake and eventually rose to such a high level as a judge is a great achievement,” Bilquis Mir told ANI.

“This is the highest level competition in Asia, covering all games in the region. In 2007, I passed an exam in Hungary and became the second best candidate among people from 26 countries. C It was a great achievement for me because it is a very high level exam that tests your knowledge of the game. I also received a license and with that I can even go to the Olympics,” she said. added.

Currently an international water sports coach, Bilquis has already participated in several national and international competitions inside and outside India. A graduate of Maulana Azad Women’s College, this achievement is a dream come true for Bilquis.

“I participated in the 2009 World Cup and I observed that the bench of judges would be made up of only men. So, it is like a great achievement for me to have been appointed as a judge and it will bring a big change for our women,” says Bilquis.

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