Shopian18th District Sqay Martial Arts championship 2017 was inaugurated by MLA Shopian Mohamad Yousuf Bhat and MLA Wachi Aijaz Ahmad Mir in presence of District Development Commissioner Shopian and Senior Superintendent of Shopian besides officers from Army and Police at Sports Stadium Shopian on Wednesday.
On this occasion MLAs announced Rs 4 lakh for purchasing of sports kits and other items for the players.
The event saw large participation of male and female players from all over district.The function has now become an annual affair and has helped the Sqay to grow as sports in the District. The plattform will helps players to get ready to for participation at the national and international events organised in high altitude low temperate zones.
The participants told that coaching helps players to achieve better results and helps them to perform better at national and international level. JK has been completely dominating at national
championship and was has got most medals. But the scenario has changed and we are facing tough competition from other states, the participants added.
Sqay is Kashmiri traditional martial art and its history can be traced, when man learnt to protect himself from wild animals,individually or collectively.
Before 4012 BC Sqay Martial Art was used by Kashmiris for protection and hunting. But after 3905 BC the King Diya Dev percolated this art to the soldiers for protection of Kashmir from enemies and gave strict orders to the soldiers to follow these rules.
From last two decades sqay has become an organised sport with the formation, which has affiliated units all over district and in other parts of the State.
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