SRINAGAR: Settle Light Production on Saturday organised the 24th edition of the two-day Srinagar Taekwondo championship at Indoor Stadium here. The event witnessed the participation of around 500 boys and girls who cheered and applauded the fighters of their representatives whenever they made their moves.
The first day witnessed fights in the 25-kg weight category with an age group of 11 to 12 years. Around 25 fights took place with GD Goenka School taking the lead with the maximum wins to their name.
Mujeeb Shah, one of the members of Settle Light Production, told Kashmir Reader that the aim of conducting the tournament was to provide an opportunity to young sport lovers and to enhance their talent. “The aim is to highlight Taekwondo and give athletes a platform,” Shah said.
The organisers claimed that it took them over a month to convene various schools of the valley. “Getting every school on board is a hard task and thanks to our patron, Junaid Mir, that he managed everything in a better way,” Shah added.
GD Goenka fighter Akhlaq, while expressing happiness to be the part of the tournament, said that his school will win the tournament. “We have come here to win and we will top the medal tally when the tournament ends,” he said, adding, “I have been preparing for a whole year for this kind of championship. I believe such tournaments should be conducted regularly because it shapes the skills of a player.”
Raja Yehiya said that he is new to the sport and this tournament will boost his spring in future tournaments. “I don’t know whether I will win, but it will for sure teach me a lot,” he said.
Harmain, a female participant from Oak Hill Institute of Education, said that her parents were supportive towards her participating in such kinds of tournaments. “I have never been criticised by my family, they are supportive and want me to achieve success in every field,” she said, adding that girls should take sports as their career.
Shahista, another participant from Oak Hill Institute of Education, said that she took Taekwondo for her self defence. She requested girls should be encouraged to take sports as their career. “Generally, when a girl passes some particular age group, their (sports) activities are stopped because of the taboo associated with it, which is not absolutely wrong. In today’s world, girls should be well prepared to defend themselves,” Shahista said.
The organisers said that Sunday will witness the fights between weight categories of 35 to 65 kgs. “Students of several colleges from different parts of the Valley will participate,” Shah said.