Srinagar, June 04: Over 400 martial artists, including several international players, from 15 different states of the country participated in the three-day long fifth National Tong IL Moo Do federation cup, which concluded Saturday at Indoor Stadium, Polo view.
The event was organized in association with JKAUMA under its ‘Drugs Outs, Sport In’ initiative, which has witnessed an overwhelming response by youth in schools and colleges. JKAUMA, under the flagship programme 'Drugs out, Sports in', has been organising seminars in different schools and colleges from last about one year across Kashmir valley to raise awareness about drug addiction and its ill effects.
The national championship which was supported by A S Gold, Green Globe, Pebble, Alfamiglia, Northcut Enterprises, 5Ghz India Pvt Ltd, Bhasin & co and Guide the Professionals concluded at a closing ceremony in which Shakti Kumar Pathak, Director Special Security Force Raj Bhawan J&K was the Chief Guest. DDC Vice Chairman Bilal Bhat, General Secretary Tong-IL Moo-Do Federation of India Mr Mohd Arshid, Mir Nilofar Rashid Chairperson Alfamiglia, & Ms. Saba Bhat Chairperson Guide The Professionals were the Guest of Honors.
J&K lifted the first place trophy, Maharashtra won second while Delhi secured third place in the tournament.
Many of the top Indian players were seen in action during the championship which had around 13 teams, including Jammu and Kashmir, Delhi, Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Assam, Telangana, Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, Bihar, Haryana, and Kerala. The national championship had 60 weight categories.
The closing ceremony gala started with martial art students showcasing self defence techniques and body flexibility to have the crowd mesmerized. This was followed by students from different schools performing cultural items, which in no time struck a chord with the spectators.