I started playing rugby 6-7 years ago. Initially I used to play other sports like football, Cricket, Khokho. I used to top in each game. While I was studying in 11th standard at Kothibagh higher secondary school, I was team captain. Once a volunteer of J&K Rugby Association visited our school and invited us for the tournament. My teacher compelled me to participate. I told her, leave the playing aside, I have never seen the ball in my life, How can I play? I knew nothing about the game. I got training for 1-2 weeks. During training, I got more inclined towards this game. It is a different game, and an international sport. So I participated in it. Recently I did my graduation and opted Bachelors in physical education (BPed) for higher studies. Initially, I played at School level and won the winners trophy. I took part in different tournaments at school and college level. and then I played at district level won trophy in first ever match. After that, I played for state and won again. Then I was selected for National level. But my parents did not allow me to go for different reasons. I and my team both tried to motivate my father, but he did not allow. So, I did not participate in that tournament. After that I was again selected for national game but my father was not ready that time also. Then I asked for help from my uncle to motivate my father for the permission. My uncle motivated my father and then finally I was allowed to move out of state and took part in Nationals. We won runner-up trophy for the J&K in that match. I was captain of my team. I got the appreciation for winning silver for the State. The news was published in the leading newspaper of the State. My parents were happy by my success. Recently I went shopping with my Aunt, The lady in the shop said, “I am a big fan of yours.” My Aunt and I both were surprised by this. When we were walking in the market, a girl stopped me and said, “I am a big fan of yours.” I support my daughter as much as needed by a sportsperson. I support her more than a person who supports his/her favorite player because… …she is my daughter and it is a tough game and being a girl she plays it well. At times after playing she was badly injured, but I still support her. She had to face negativity from people. She was trolled many times. But we do not care. How much will you support her in the future? The more she plays good, the more I keep supporting her. Girls are not bad, only our mentality is bad. Bad people see bad only. Here people do not support girls who play games. Once we were practicing at indoor stadium and some people told us to leave the place. They commented on our dress code and said how did our parents allow us to wear t-shirts and shorts. We left that place and went to safer place for practice. These things do not demotivate me. Infact I move a few steps forward towards my goal. I have learned to get up and move on, after having a fall. My stories have been published at local as well as at national and international level. My parents are happy watching me grow and achieving success. Most of the people in Kashmir do not want girls to grow and achieve their aim. Initially, I used to motivate my parents, now my parents are motivating me to play well. I had to face many difficulties in these 6-7 years. but my parents support me always. I also do domestic chores at home and I am well aware of everything. These days my mother is not well so I have to do all work at home by myself. besides it, I do concentrate on my game also.

Irtiqa Ayub – Kashmir’s First and Youngest Rugby Coach
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4 thoughts on “Irtiqa Ayub – Kashmir’s First and Youngest Rugby Coach

  • March 13, 2019 at 10:15 am
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    New fitna among Muslims of Kashmir… May Allah save us from this fitna…

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  • March 13, 2019 at 10:18 am
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    👍👍👍👍

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  • March 13, 2019 at 10:55 am
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    Hoping koshur Pandit return back

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  • March 27, 2019 at 7:02 pm
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    Dude ur legend 🏋

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