The first online Open J&K Taekwondo Poomsae Championships-2020 organised by Jammu Kashmir Taekwondo Association (JKTA) in collaboration with the Atul International Taekwondo Academy (AITA) and was supported by Universal Sports India concluded on Sunday.
This was the first time in the history of Indian Taekwondo that such type of event was organized. Around 120 players all over the J&K took part in the event. Even though the championship had some of the guest participants from USA and Oman, in order to provide a professional exposure to the Athletes of J&K-UT, the organizing committee accepted their entries.
DN Pangotra, President of JKTA said that, Poomsae is neglected in the UT so the main aim was to promote Poomsae in particular and Taekwondo Sport in general. He also said the event will give experience to the athletes for further competitions like these. He also said some of the parents also participated in the championship and that the association is looking forward to organize an event for the parents also in order to help them stay fit and also motivate the young athletes.
Nissar Hussain, Vice President JKTA, said that the event was held to motivate the athletes to train in these tough times when the whole world is under the lockdown. He also thanked one and all who supported in the smooth functioning of the event. He also urged everyone to stay indoors and stay safe and help break the chain.
Jaghjit Singh, Gen Secretary, JKTA, while addressing the media, congratulated all the coaches and participants for participating in this Historic event and he also added that a Srinagar Based NGO, HOPE ALIVE, supported the players of Atul International Taekwondo Academy (AITA) by sponsoring them for the said event.
He also congratulated the whole organizing team of the said championship, the team compromised of Anuj Sharma (Organizing secretary,JKTA) ,Zaheer Abbas Khan (Treasurer, Jkta), Vinod Grewal (Event Coordinator), Rajan Singh ( International referee), Sarbjeet Singh (International referee), Burhaan Khan ( National Referee) and Danish Manzoor ( International player).