The Centre on Friday announced the National Sports Awards 2020. This year, the Indian Army officer Colonel Sarfaraz Singh, son of Olympic Hockey legend Col (Retd.) Balbir Singh Kular has been selected for the Tenzing Norgay National Adventure Award 2019. Col Sarfaraz along with Anita Devi, Taka Tamut, Narender Singh and Keval Hiren Kakka will be conferred with the prestigious award in Land Adventure category.
Earlier this year, Col Sarfaraz accomplished an ambitious mission on the occasion of the birth anniversary of Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose. The Indian Army officer along with his team of three experts concluded a 4,000 km-cycling expedition at Singapore. It took 40-days to accomplish the mission. Col Sarfaraz told The Tribune that completion of the tour in Singapore is significant as it was there that Netaji laid the foundation stone of the Indian National Army memorial during on June 8, 1945. Colonel Ranveer Jamwal Scales Mount Vinson in Antarctica to Become First Army Officer to Climb Seven Highest Peaks Across All Continents.
Col Sarfaraz is an Rashtriya Indian Military College, Dehradun, and the National Defence Academy, Khadakwasla. He is the fourth generation officer. The Indian Army officer scaled prominent peaks, including Mt Everest and Mt Kilimanjaro. He is also reached the base of Mt Nyegyi Kansang from Seppa in Arunachal Pradesh. Col Sarafaraz conducted the first-ever rafting expedition on the challenging Kameng river of the northeastern state of India. He also led and cycled the first high altitude expedition from Bomdila to Bumla pass, covering a total distance of 300 km, reported the media house. Major Vikas Shukla Creates History by Climbing Three Highest Peaks of South America – ‘The Triple Crown’.
Col Sarfaraz, belonged to the elite Parachute Regiment of the Indian Army and has the honour of commanding 6 Para unit. He took over as the first director and principal of the National Institute of Mountaineering and Allied Sports in February 2017.
Meanwhile, other defence personnel who is also selected for the Tenzing Norgay National Adventure Award 2019 is Wing Commander Gajanand Yadav. He is is selected in Air Adventure category. Satendra Singh will get the award in Water Adventure category. The IAF officer is a Parachute Jump Instructor and a member of Air Force’s Skydiving Team ‘Akash Ganga’. He has undertaken more than 2900 jumps till date.
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