Faisal Ali Dar
Sports Coach | Forbes Asia 30 Under 30
A week after Tajamul did Kashmir proud by winning a gold the World Kickboxing Championship in Italy, Hashim brought home a gold medal from the Asian Youth Karate Championship held in New Delhi late last November. Both were trained by Faisal. Faisal Ali Dar, the trainer of wunderkinds Tajamul Islam and Hashim Mansoor, runs the most celebrated sports academy in one of the terror-affected areas of Kashmir. Faisal took up martial arts in 2003, inspired, he says, by Bruce Lee movies. Faisal has persevered in the face of every difficulty – political, social and economic. Even during the unrest, he is training these kids. Faisal received Dr. B.R. Ambedkar National Award in “Sport and Peace” category for his contribution in “Peace Building Activities” in Jammu & Kashmir. He has also been named in the list of Forbes Asia 30 under 30 list 2017 in Sports category.