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Tailor’s son wins first gold in cycling for Jammu and Kashmir, learn success story through struggle

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Adil Altaf Gold Medal Cycling Jammu and Kashmir: Adil Altaf created history by winning the first gold medal in cycling for Jammu and Kashmir at the Khelo India Youth Games 2022. A tailor’s son won the boys’ 70km road race in Srinagar on Saturday. He won a silver medal in the 28 km race the previous day, even as Jammu and Kashmir’s Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha congratulated him.

It was a significant victory for Altaf on Saturday as he had to fight the challenge posed by more enthusiastic cyclists including Siddhesh Patil (Maharashtra) and Delhi’s Arshad Faridi. After the win, he said, “It’s a big moment for me.” I have come here with the confidence to do well.

As a child, Altaf used to cycle through the congested lanes of Lal Bazar in central Kashmir’s Srinagar district. Although he loved his sport, he used to cycle and deliver goods for his tailor father.

When he turned 15, he participated for the first time in a cycling competition held at his school, Harvard, Kashmir. There he took the sport seriously.

His poor father worked doubly hard to buy him a cycle to pursue his passion. As he started winning local events, the State Bank of India in Srinagar came to his aid, sponsoring his MTB bike, which cost Rs 4.5 lakh.

Altaf, 18, was preparing for the Khelo India Games at NIS Patiala for the last six months.

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