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SRINAGAR:  First time in the history of the state, a wrestling championship on the pattern of World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) would be organised from May 4 at Sher-i-Kashmir Indoor Stadium. It was informed in a press conference  by President Tong il Modoo Federation of India Sudhir Kumar Malik, General Secretary Tong il Modoo Federation of India Satish Kumar Choudhary, Chairman Freak Fight Wrestling (FFW) Sachin Advanshi, General Secretary J&K Tong il Modoo Association Syed Zubair Shah, Patron J&K Tong il Modoo Association Tariq Rashid Ghani and Wrestlers Aad Vanshi and  Rocco.

 

While speaking about the promotion and development of “Tong il Moodo and Freak Fight Wrestling,” the organisers said that it will be first ever event of live wrestling to be held in the Kashmir valley. They further stated that students from various schools of the valley will be participating in the Korean Marshall Art Tong il Moodo Competition associated with J&K Tong il Modoo Association.

They further informed that Freak Fight Wrestling is a free style wrestling like WWE fight viewed mostly on TV, but now people of valley will be able to witness the fight live from May 04, 2018. A total of 30 wrestlers across the country will participate in this event. Male and Female category fights will be held in which four rounds will be played in Freak Fight Wrestling, which are Tagtee-4, table-ladder chair, over the top illumination and last man stand rounds. Kicks, Punchs, Ladders and table breaking will be used in this free style wrestling. One Wrestler from Jammu, name Baali will take part in this event who is 7 feet, 10 inches. In addition to this, President and General Secretary Tong il Modoo Federation of India said that complete support and encouragement would be provided to the youth of J&K which are interested in the games like Wrestling and Tong il Modoo.

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  • Minister says Govt committed to develop sports infra in state

KATHUA:  Minister for Forests, Environment and Ecology, Ch Lal Singh today inaugurated 1st Mufti Mohammad Sayeed Memorial Gold Cup State League Football Tournament at Kathua Stadium. Top football Clubs of Jammu, Kathua, Hiranagar, Billawar and Basohli are taking part in the tournament, which is being held under the banner of Jammu and Kashmir Football Association (JKFA) and is sponsored by J&K State Sports Council.

 

Speaking on the occasion, Lal Singh said former Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed was a visionary leader and had great expectations from the youth of the state. By organizing the football tournament in the name of late Mufti Sahab, the organizers have done a commendable job.  By this initiative, the younger generation especially the sportspersons would also come to know about the contribution of our former Chief Minister, Lal Singh added.

Underscoring the endeavours of present dispensation in providing sports infrastructure along the length and breadth of state, Lal Singh said that 200 kanals of land has been acquired in Basohli for creating world class sporting facilities for the budding sport persons near Ranjit Sagar Lake. He also stated that the government has undertaken several measures for catalyzing the sports activities and in this regard several national and international tournaments have been organized whereby our youth get an opportunity to compete with other players and get the requisite exposure to excel at various fora.  

 

The Minister assured the organizers that every possible help will be provided to the budding players who want to create niche for themselves in the field sports. The tournament, in which thirty teams are participating, is being played on league basis. The opening match was played between Shaheen Football Club, Jammu and Jammu United Football Club. Large number of sports lovers and prominent citizens witnessed the opening match. President JKFA, Z A Thakur, District President DFA Jammu, Sheikh Mehmood, District President DFA Srinagar, Fayaz Ahmad Sofi, various HoDs of forest Department, DFOs, DYSSO, DySP DAR & BDO Nagri were present on the occasion.

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JAMMU: Three archers receiving coaching at the Shrine Board’s Sports Complex at Katra have been selected to undergo National Coaching Camp for the Asian Para Games scheduled to be held in Jakarta in October 2018. The selected para archers are Rakesh Kumar, Tarif and Jyoti Ballian. Rakesh Kumar from Katra topped the tally by scoring the highest 1357 out of 1440 points while Tarif snatched 1327 points in the Men’s category. In Women’s category, Jyoti Ballian topped the list scoring a total of 1280 points. All three selected at the National Open Selection Trials conducted by the Archery Association of India held at Sports Authority of India Centre, Rohtak, Haryana, where the National Coaching Camp is currently being held.

 

Five other archers belonging to Katra and the surrounding areas undergoing training at the Shrine Board’s Sports Complex have been selected for the National Archery Championship in the trials held at the Gulshan Ground, Jammu, recently. They are Smilee, Deepa and Munisha in the Compound round in girl’s category and Amit Thakur and Anup have been selected in Recurve round in men’s category. Rakesh Kumar, a para archer, has also been selected for the National Archery Championship on the basis of his score in the pre-Asian Para Games trials held at Rohtak. The National Archery Championship is scheduled to be held during 5th-13th April 2018 at Pune.

On the directions of Governor N. N. Vohra, Chairman Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine Board, special coaching camps are organised by the Shrine Board Sports Complex in the disciplines of Archery, Athletics, Basketball and Shooting to impart technical and tactical training and conditioning to the sports persons. Consequent to specialised coaching the budding sports persons are showing promising results at different competitions being held at various levels. Sh. N.N. Vohra, Shrine Board Chairman, has congratulated the selected archers and hoped that they will continue to work hard for the forthcoming championships and win medals. It is pertinent to mention that Tarif is from Haryana and Jyoti Ballian is from Uttar Pradesh. They are receiving coaching and practicing at the Shrine Board’s Sports Complex under the guidance of Coaches appointed by the Shrine Board.