Kashmiri Martial Arts Coach Faisal Ali Dar Conferred With Padma Shri

SRINAGAR: Faisal Ali Dar was bestowed with the Padma Shri award, along with eight other sports personalities.

Faisal is a martial arts coach and teaches in the rural district of Bandipora, in Kashmir. Faisal is a former international martial arts champion and set up a small martial arts training academy, where Tajamul has been training.

Faisal not only teaches martial arts to his students but has also received the prestigious B.R. Ambedkar Sports Foundation’s B.R. Ambedkar National Award, for his contribution to ‘peace building activities’ in the Kashmir region.

Faisal was named on the Forbes list of Under 30-Asia back in 2017.

The award will change the narrative related to sports in Jammu and Kashmir and as a result, more and more youngsters will be attracted to the field of sports,” he told Excelsior.

Back in Bandipora, Dar is known as “Master Faisal” and trains quality players at his Ali Sports Academy. He heads 400 kids who he trains in different martial arts forms.

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