By Adil Hussain Khan
SRINAGAR- The International Tigers Martial Art Organisation has won 4 gold, 3 silver medals in the 1st Indo-Nepal International Taekwondo Championship held in Chandauli Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh.
Around 900 martial artists competed and exhibited their talent in the event, which began on December 27 and ended last week, with participants from the Kashmir-based International Tigers Martial Art organisation brought home four gold and three silver medals.
Shahid Hilal Malik of Lal Bazar won gold in the 55-59 kg category, Ashiq Sultan Dar of Hawal won gold in the -62 kg category, Irfan Majeed Malik of Lal Bazar won gold in the -56 kg category, and Rabiya Tariq of Dargah, Batapora won gold in the -55 kg category.
Faizan Ali of Lal Bazar won silver in the 68kg category, Naveed Mukhtar of Nowshera won silver in the open weight category, and Raqib Hussain of Hawal won silver in the -32kg category.
Coach Parvaiz Hussain Khan expressed his pride in his students, who all won medals in different age categories in an international event.
"I am happy that they have brought honour to Jammu and Kashmir by earning gold," he remarked.
Irfan Ahmad, who won gold, said it was a wonderful occasion for them because they had put in a lot of effort for the competition.
"We were selected seven players for the event, and our hard work paid off because all of us won gold," he stated.
The team had previously won six medals at the National Hapkido Championships in Karol Bagh, Delhi. Around 800 players took part in the tournament.
Rabiya earned gold, while Shakeel, Naveed Ahmad, and Ashiq Sultan each received three silver medals. Rakib Hussain and Faizan Ali, on the other hand, had to make do with bronze medals.
Team tigers students stated that they will continue to work hard in order to make Jammu and Kashmir and the country proud.
Taekwondo Association Chandauli, under the auspices of Uttar Pradesh Taekwondo Association, hosted the competition.
The students also expressed gratitude to the sponsors, which included Jazzbaat 24, TCI Cements, Fashion Fiesta, and the INFOANALYTICA FOUNDATION, for supporting them in this event.
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