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Pencak Silat Championship concludes in South Kashmir

SRINAGAR: The Pencak Silat Championship concluded in district Shopian today.

The event was organized by J&K Pencak Silat Association in association with J&K Sports Council.

The two-day championship commenced on 9th June was held at Cambridge Noorani Educational institution Nagbal Shopian. Around 200 athletes participated in the two-day championship during which competitions for all age groups were held.

The championship also aimed at scouting the best players from the district who can represent the district in other competitions slated throughout this year.

Meanwhile eight trainees from Khelo India Hockey Centre Poonch which includes five girls have been selected for 66th National School Games to be held in Gwalior, Madhya Pradesh.

The Lawn Tennis activities at M.A. Stadium sports complex in Jammu, have been revived.

Many children throng the refurbished facility from dawn to dusk. The hustle and bustle of kids has also ensured that the presence of parents thrilled to hit the ball across the court and jump with the spongy bounce of the ball, elders too seem to enjoy the thrilling challenge at the newly setup facility.

One of the parents, Mohit Khajuria speaking to the desk said that Lawn Tennis is one of the major sports played across the globe and if kids pick up the sport early, we may have a representation from the J&K too while pointing to his seven years old daughter. Mohit wants his daughter to emulate Sania Mirza and reach the highest pedestal. He also went on to add that the scenes like this only exculpate the fact that expansion in sports infrastructure coupled with incentivizing sports has brought a palpable change in the sports ecosystem of J&K.

Meanwhile, selection trials for 6th Youth Men National Boxing Championship to be held in Gantok Sikkim, were conducted in M.A Stadium Jammu today.

The General Secretary, Rajan Sharma along with other members of the J&K Boxing Association besides the monitoring committee from Sports Council headed by Sports Officer Ashok Singh Jamwal were also present during the screening.

Following selection of its two lads in the zonal selection cum coaching camp for U-16 National team last week, there has been a surge in the football school classes conducted on weekends conducted by Sports Council Football Academy at TRC Astro turf.

Pertinently the school runs special classes for young kids among whom the best graduate through certain levels. The high-performance center like Sports Council Football Academy is to provide training to scouted talent and put through rigorous coaching and training.

Meanwhile, the Khelo India center Bhajwani Tral in Pulwama district has started a special segment to impart training to the children from the peripheries of the hamlet.

The aim of this programme which is also being started in other centers of similar nature is to improve the country's sports culture at the grass-root level through organized talent identification, structured sporting competitions and infrastructure development.

In other events in M.A Stadium complex, gymnastics coaching camp was in progress to prepare children for the upcoming national events.

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