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  • Sarmad Hafeez distributes medals among winners

SRINAGAR: Secretary Youth Services & Sports and Information, Sarmad Hafeez today distributed medals among the winners of 4thAsian Pencak Silat Championship-2018 at Sher-e-Kashmir Indoor Stadium, Srinagar. The championship was organized for the first time ever in J&K by Indian Pencak Silat Federation in collaboration with Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports, Govt of India, Sports Authority of India and J&K State Sports Council.

Around 250 players and officials from 10 countries including Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia, Vietnam, Republic of Korea, Chinese Taipei, Bangladesh, Nepal, Philippines and India participated in the 3-Day event from 30th September to 3rd October. The players participated in 24 events out of which 18 were fight competition and 6 artistic or shadow fight competitions. In the championship, Vietnam emerged at the top by bagged 22 medals that included 12 gold, 4 silver, and 6 bronze. Singapore came second by winning 7 gold, 7 silver and 8 bronze medals taking their medals tally to 22. Indonesia with its 17 medals secured the third position in the competition.

Speaking on the occasion, the Secretary congratulated the winners and urged the participants to work hard to make their mark in the sports world. He said that sports is not only about winning medals, but participating is also important. Highlighting the importance of sports in an individual’s life, the Secretary said that Sports helps to maintain much-needed discipline in day to day life. He urged the organizers to hold similar kind of events in future also, adding events like these provide an opportunity to the players to exhibit their talent and get their names registered into the annals of history. He added that the events also help in promoting the State at national as well as at international level.

On the occasion, Secretary Sports Council, Dr Naseem Javaid Choudhary, Director Tourism, Tassaduq Jeelani, Secretary General International Pencak Silat Federation, Teddy Suratmadji, Marican President Asian Pencak Silat Federation Sheik AlauddinYacoob, Secretary General Indian Pencak Silat Federation Megat, Mufti Hamid Yasin, Dr Rafiq Ul Islam, President Malaysia Pencak Silat Federation, President Bangladesh Pencak Silat and other dignitaries were present at the concluding ceremony of the Championship.

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SRINAGAR: As many as 250 Mountain Bike (MTB) riders participated in the 2nd ‘North Quest Ladakh -Challenge 2018’ - the highest accredited MTB cycling race - which concluded successfully at Leh on Sunday. The race was flagged off by Chief Executive Councilor, LAHDC, Leh Dorjay Mutup from Shanti Stupa road at 7:00 AM in presence of several guests and dignitaries including Upper Leh Councilor Gelong LobzangNyantak.

The cycling race was conducted by 'Wisdom Even to Sports' with support from several corporate houses under the technical guidance of ‘Cycling Federation of India’ (CFI). The event had Elite, Amateur men, Amateur men and Children’s categories. In the Elite category, Kiran Kumar Ragu completed race first and became the winner while Devendar Kumar stood on second position and PadamBahabur won the third position of the category. Cash prizes of Rs 75,000/- 50,000/- and 25,000/- were given to first, second and third position holders respectively.

In the Amateur men’s category, Thinles Dorjay stood first and Sachin KR Singh second.  Both of them were awarded with one MTB and a Timex watch from the organizers.  Sonam Chuskit stood first and Rinchen Dolma second in the Amateur women’s category and received Rs 5000 and 3000 along with a watch from Timex.

According to organisers, this is the highest accredited MTB race in the world. Expressing satisfaction over Ladakhis taking active part in the event this year, organiserHarkrat Singh said that since it was a very new event started in 2016 for the first time, local were very apprehensive about taking part in MTB racing. He informed that this event will be an annual feature to be held in September from this year onwards.

This was the first Leh trip for Kiran Kumar Ragu from Bangalore, who managed the first position of the Elite category. “Racing at this altitude of 3500-meter plus was definitely difficult. We had to come a lot earlier about five days before to get acclimatized to the weather and altitude,” Ragu said adding that it had finally been amazing for him.

Director CFI, VN Sigh said that organizing the event is aimed at promoting cycling in the region. He said that the event is being organized to encourage youth to cycle wherever possible so that environment is also taken care of. One of the organizers from the Wisdom Even to Sports, Stany Wangchuk said that during the first event, five children were selected by CFI for professional training and out of which one LekzesAngmo has already won a gold medal and created history as she has become first girl from Jammu and Kashmir to become a national champion.

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  • Sarmad Hafeez inaugurates mega event at Indoor Stadium Srinagar; Around 200 martial art players from 10 countries participating

SRINAGAR:  Secretary Youth Services & Sports and Information, Sarmad Hafeez today inaugurated 4thAsian Pencak Silat Championship-2018 at Sher-e-Kashmir Indoor Stadium, Srinagar. The championship is being organizedfor the first time ever in J&K by Indian Pencak Silat Federation in collaboration with Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports, Govt of India, Sports Authority of India and J&K State Sports Council.

Around 250 players and officials from 10 countries including Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia, Vietnam, Republic of Korea, Chinese Taipei, Bangladesh, Nepal, Philippines and India are participating in the 3-Day event. Speaking on the occasion, Sarmad said it is for the first time in its sports history that J&K is hosting such a prestigious event in Pencak Silat, an Indonesian martial art. He said once the players and the officials go back to their respective countries, they would carry the message of love and hospitality from Jammu and Kashmir to their countrymen.

He also welcomed and congratulated the participants are taking part in the championship.  Terming sports an engine which can propel societies forward, Sarmadsaid that such events create a platform where youth can be exposed to different cultures and exchange of ideas. He thanked Indian Pencak Silat Federation, Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports, Govt of India and Sports Authority of India fororganizing the event Kashmir in a short span of time. He assured full support from Governor's administration for organizing different sports activities in the State.

Speaking on the occasion, Secretary General International Pencak Silat Federation, Teddy Surat Mudgi said PencakSilat is the purest marshal art which is being practiced in 55 countries across the world. "This art is loved all over the world and many countries are learning it," he added.

Sheik AluddinYacoob, President, Asian Pencak Silat Federation in his address gave the background of the Pencak Silat game.  He said Pencak Silat is a genetic term of Indonesian martial arts which includes four founding nations like Indonesia, Singapore, Brunei, Malaysia.  "This kind of martial art enhances strength, self-awareness, discipline, integrity, responsibility, loyalty and cooperation amongst its practitioners,” he said and added it also offers an opportunity for students to develop physically, mentally, morally and spiritually. Director General, YS&S, Dr Saleem-U- Rehman, Secretary J&K State Sports Council, Dr Naseem Javeed Choudhary, Secretary General Indian PencakSilat Federation, Mufti Hamid and other officials from sports department were also present on the occasion.