SRINAGAR: Rubab Ali Punjabi, a Class XII student from Delhi Public School, bagged the first position in the senior girls’ category, cycle race “Pedal for Peace” on October 11, 2020.
In a statement spokesperson of DPS said that this race was organized by Jammu and Kashmir Police to promote sports talent and create sports awareness among the youth.
He said that more than 500 cyclists participated in the event, organized by J&K Police, in four categories Sub-Junior, Junior, Senior, and Veteran.
The statement said that Rubab cycled a distance of 24 kms outflanking every other competitor. Lt Governor J&K Manoj Sinha who graced the presentation ceremony presented her with a cash award of Rupees Twenty-Five thousand and complimented her on her splendid performance.
“The event was witnessed by a large number of sports lovers, including men, women and children, who had thronged the road on the banks of famous Dal Lake,” it said.
“She credited the school and especially her coach Tejinder Singh for training her in athletics that helped her develop the stamina to excel at the race,” it added.
She said, “The school gave me an opportunity to participate in so many platforms that boosted my confidence and stamina.”
“For the race, she developed a gruelling routine where she would wake up at 5 am and train hard for the race,” said the statement.
Congratulating Rubab on her performance, the Vice-Principal Shafaq Afshan said “Rubab has proven that with grit and determination, no challenge is insurmountable. We are immensely proud of her performance.”
Chairman Vijay Dhar also congratulated her on her performance and said “We are doubly proud because the win highlights the girl power that we especially seek to encourage at school. Heartiest congratulations to her.”