Kashmiri players excel in Junior World Pencak Silat C’ship

Excelsior Sports Correspondent

SRINAGAR, May 3: The National Pencak Silat exponents won three silver and seven bronze medals in the Junior World Pencak Silat Championship, which concluded at Songkhla, Thailand recently.


The players from Kashmir, Saaliq Bin Farooq, Najmus Saqib, Toiba Mushtaq and Farheen Fayaz managed to grab bronze medals and maintained the 6th rank of Indian team in the overall Championship across the World.


The medalists from other states of India Palak Rajput, Lakshmi Malviya and Aakash Kumar Bairwa clinched silver medals for the country while as Gaurav Pandey, Nikita Sinha and Jasmine Grewal managed to earn bronze medals.


The team accompanied by Jammu and Kashmir State Sports Council Coach, Mohammad Iqbal as team India Coach, JKSSC Chief Sports Officer, Haji Abdul Qayoom as Chef De Mission, and Tariq Ahmad as Team Manager of Indian team.


Earlier, the Indian team underwent 20-days National Coaching camp, the first of its kind in Kashmir which was organized under the banner of Jammu and Kashmir State Sports Council.


Moreover, the team was flagged off on 21st April, by the Chairman North Zone Khadi and Village Commission, GOI, Dr. Hina Bhat.


Almost players aged 14-17 from 19 countries competed in the World Junior Pencak Silat Championship.


The Championship was organised by Pencak Silat Association of Thailand under the aegis of Thailand Olympic Committee and under the banner of International Pencak Silat Federation.


The Indian Pencak Silat team took part in this prestigious Championship under the banner of Ministry of youth affairs and sports Government of India and Sports Authority of India and Pencak Silat sport is a medal event in the 18th Asian Games 2018-Jakarta, Asian Games ia a multi sporting event, which is next to Olympics organised by Olympic council of Asia and Indonesia National Olympic Committee.


Pertinently, in the previous edition of World Junior Pencak Silat Championship which was held in 2015 at Kuala Lumpur, Indian team failed to register their name in medal tally list.