In a first, fencing players showcase their skill

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Srinagar, Oct 17 (KNS): In a first in Kashmir, fencing players got an opportunity to showcase their talent to boost their chances at the national and international stage.

Over 100 fencing players from different schools and under different age groups participated in the tournament here in Indooor complex of Bakshi Stadium which was organised by Jammu and Kashmir Fencing Association on October 12 and ended today.

Compared to their Jammu counterparts which play such tournaments all-through the year, Kashmiri fencing players got their first chance as to play in such a tournament.

“It is an honour for the fencing players and sports fraternity of the Valley that such a tournament was held for the first time in the sports history Kashmir,” JKFA President for Srinagar Hussain Zaffar told KNS, adding that the association was formed in 1992 but due to uncertain situation fencing could not be played.

Zaffar siad the tournament got an overwhelming support from the schools and students as the game is played across the world, and in mega events like Olympics, Asian games and others.

On the concluding day today, various sports dignitaries and state officials encouraged the participants.

Sports Council Secretary Javaid Ahmad Shah was the chief guest, Bilquees Mir member of JK Sports Council, JK Chief Sports Officer Abdul Qayoom, Divisional Sports Officer Mushtaq Ahmad were guests of honour.

Earlier, the in his welcome, Zaffar said that the association will train physical teachers of the government and private schools to make the game skills available at school level in the Valley.

He said that local coaches will be roped in to keep their expertise available to the players and aspiring school students.

JKFA President MJ Sharma said that the sports council had agreed to provide its support in training the players and aspirants.

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