Srinagar: Karate is a sport of unarmed combat, which demands devotion, high spirit and compliance with the techniques. This sport is gaining popularity amongst youth in the valley. There was a need to provide a platform for budding martial arts aspirants across the northern district of Kashmir to showcase their talent and develop their skills. Army Camp, Vilagam in collaboration with Karate Association of district Kupwara took the initiative of promoting Karate among the masses of its AOR.
The championship itinerary was organised for boys and girls in three categories based on age and weights was as follows:
(a) Sub Junior 8 years to 13 years – 30 Matches
(b) Cadet 14 /15 years – 15 Matches
(C) Junior 16/17 years – 10 Matches
Championship was held over two days from May 6 to May 7.
On day one witnessed the weight check of all participants followed by all matches of the Sub Junior category.
On day two witnessed matches of Sub Junior and Cadet Category and final matches of both categories.
The play-ground of GBHSS, Vilagam was flooded with participants from across the Battalion AOR, wherein a total of 120 (90 Boys and 30 Girls) participants registered for the championship.
A Total of 55 matches were played during the championship in Sub Junior, Junior and Cadet Categories. Finalists of all the three categories were awarded with gold, silver and bronze medals along with cash prizes. Certificates were awarded to all the participants.
Prizes were given away by Gulam Hasan Punzo, State President Panchayati Raj, Bilal Kutub Shah, Vice Principal, Higher Secondary School, Vilgam and Mudasir Ahemad Wani, President BJP, North Kashmir.