Tri-Nation Sqay C'ship: JK players shine in Bhutan; bag 12 medals

Greater Kashmir

In the event, the Indian team remained overall champions while as players from J&K bagged 12 medals which included six gold, four silver and two bronze medals.

Continuing with their brilliant performance, J&K players bagged 12 medals in the recently held Tri-Nation Sqay championship held at Royal Academy of Art, Thimphu, Bhutan.

Being part of the Indian contingent in the event, J&K players made sure to keep their tradition of putting up a good show in their own traditional sport by winning maximum medals. Players from India, Nepal and hosts Bhutan participated in the event.

In the event, the Indian team remained overall champions while as players from J&K bagged 12 medals which included six gold, four silver and two bronze medals.

 

Raasiq, Usmaan, Diksha Devi, Salma Rashid, Ahsaan Ul Haq and Mudasir Sofi bagged gold while as Suhail, Aafaq Abbas, Mehran Naseer and Arshid bagged silver medals. Yamin Fayaz and Irshad Ahmad bagged the bronze medals.

 

Hailing the JK players, Grand Master Mir Nazir, who is also the founder of the Sqay martial art said, “I am pleased to see JK players finally bouncing back in their own traditional Martial art. Lately they had fallen behind other states and countries but this event has showed that they are back”.

 

Mir rued that the traditional martial art of Kashmir is being ignored in its own state and is not given sufficient support.

 

“The irony is that we are getting support in various parts of the World but no support at all in Kashmir. In around 45 countries Sqay is known as Kashmiri traditional martial art and has been recognized as a legitimate sport in various international sports bodies as well.

 

However, at the same time it is completely being ignored in Kashmir and that is affecting the performance of our players,” he said.