Srinagar, March 20: Pune-based “Punit Balan Group” of companies Saturday signed Kashmiri ace cyclist Mohammad Saleem for five years with the contract starting from March 01 2022 to March 01, 2027.
Saleem signed this contract at BB Cantt Srinagar for the period of five years in which he was provided with an international standard cycle worth five lakhs, five uniform sets of around Rs. 50,000 and other equipment like cycling shoes, helmets, specs, etc.
Besides, he was paid cash of 1.5 lac in advance for training expenses and and according to the contract he shall be paid Rs. 50000 each year besides other incentives as per his performance.
J&K’s cycling champion, Saleem has been able to fulfill his long-cherished dream of buying a costly imported cycle, after the Punit Balan group came forward.
26-year-old Saleem has been pedaling for the past 11 years starting at the age of 13.
Hailing from the Kanihama area in central Kashmir’s Budgam district, Saleem is currently pursuing his B.A degree from Gandhi College Srinagar.
Saleem has played 11 national championships through the Cycling Federation of India (CFI), in which he has attained the fourth position in all India level championships for consecutive four years on an ordinary cycle. He also has played seven state-level championships where he has bagged three gold, two silver medals so far.Saleem, who is currently the top cyclist of the state, had a dream of buying an imported cycle. But financial constraints always came in his way. He approached several people for sponsorship but to […]