SRINAGAR: A Kashmiri cyclist, who is on a mission to complete the long journey from Kashmir to Kanyakumari in a month, was welcomed in the Old City in Hyderabad on Wednesday, reported The Times Of India.

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Kashmiri cyclist Manan Wani

The 23-year-old, Mannan Hassan Wani, hails from Sopore in north Kashmir’s Baramulla district. Wani left his hometown on January 1 this year and has covered almost 2,400km, facing several hurdles along the way.

“I wanted to break from the monotony of the pandemic and focus on my health at the same time. I set out towards a mission of 4,000km from Kashmir to Kanyakumari to check my ability as well as to draw the youth’s attention to fitness,” The Times Of India quoted Wani as having, who is a self-sponsored cyclist, having participated in small cycling events in J&K. Wani said, “So far, I have crossed J&K, Haryana, Punjab, UP, MP, Maharashtra and many districts of Telangana. I expect to reach Kanyakumari soon, even as early as January 27, passing through planned routes.”

Several youth in the Old City asked Wani about his journey and welcomed him. Mohd Ghouse, co-corporator, (AIMIM), Ghansi Bazaar Divison lauded the cyclist’s efforts and intention. He said city’s youth should also focus on sports along with their education.

“The effort and dedication of the Kashmiri cyclist is laudable. Fitness and sports deserve attention,” said, Mohd Ghouse, co-corporator Ghansi Bazaar Division (AIMIM), according to newspaper The Times Of India.

Expressing gratitude, the Kashmiri youth said he was much happy to be passing through Hyderabad.

“I am thankful to all those who came forward to support and encourage me in this journey,” The Times Of India quoted Wani as having said.


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