Football growing in Kashmir, defying all odds

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Srinagar:The beautiful game is defying all odds as, despite the continuing trouble in the state, it has been turning into an all consuming passion for the youth of both sexes given that some have established themselves at the national stage.Jammu and Kashmir Football Association (JKFA), formed in 1964, claims to have witnessed a dramatic increase in the number of youngsters interested in the sport in the last 10 years, with a sudden jump in the number of football teams from all the districts of the state.”The sport, which is rightly called the traditional sport of the state, is coming back on track. In 10 years, there is a tremendous rise in the number of people interested in the sport. When we came into existence, we had just four clubs in the entire state. Now it is around 500.

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