YSS to host 3 school nationals

SRINAGAR: Director General, Department Youth Services and Sports Dr Saleem ur Rehman on Tuesday said the department is all set to host 3 School Nationals in major games this year.
Giving details, DG YSS said, “In the annual meeting of School Games Federation of India (SGF), J&K was assigned/allotted the organisation/ hosting of Volleyball for U/19 Boys, Kho-Kho for U/19 Boys and Sqay Martial Arts for U/14, U/17, and U/19 Girls.”
He said 25 teams each of Volleyball and Kho-Kho are expected to participate in the mega sports tournaments. Sqay Martial Arts contingents from 20 different states are also expected to take part in the School National of Sqay Martial Art, he added.
Dr Saleem ur Rehman further said, “The youth of J&K have been doing exceptionally well in Sqay Martial Arts at national and international levels. So we are really excited about hosting National Level Championship in this sport. We all know that Sqay is one of the ancient martial art forms from Kashmir and is named after the Persian word for ‘Knowledge of War’. This swiftness of the martial art is similar to Kalaripayattu, a martial art form from Kerala. It is a great feeling to encourage participation of players from all the states and union territories of country in such important sporting events.”
While providing details about the scheduled dates for organising of these nationals, another official from Activity Section of the Directorate of Youth Services and Sports said the national in volleyball will be conducted in the 1st week of October at Srinagar.
Simultaneously, the national in Kho-Kho and Sqay Martial Arts shall be organised at Jammu in the first and last week of December 2019 respectively, he said.