SRINAGAR- Team J&K has notched up 46 medals including 14 gold at the 37th National Games which concluded Thursday in Goa.
Overall, J&K won 14 gold, 14 silver, and 8 bronze medals as J&K was ranked 12th among the competing States and UTs.
The J&K contingent was led by the Sqay Martial Arts team, who won 9 gold, 5 silver and 5 bronze in an incredible display of dominance. The Pencak Silat team followed with 4 gold, 3 silver and 5 bronze medals. J&K won 1 gold, 2 silver and 2 bronze medal in the discipline of Wushu. J&K won 2 silver medals in Gymnastics, while the Takewondo and Kalaripayattu teams also brought home 1 silver each.
Before this medal haul, J&K crossed the double figure mark on two occasions. In 2011 when the National Games were held at Jharkhand and the team bagged 12 medals including 4 silver and 8 bronze, ranking 26th in the medal tally. Similarly in 2015, Team J&K won 15 medals, including 3 gold, 2 silver and 10 bronze.
Team J&K defeated strong opponents like SSCB, Gujarat, Delhi, Maharashtra, Haryana, Gujarat and West Bengal in various disciplines to assert a respectable standing in the overall championship.
Advisor to LG, R.R Bhatnagar, extended his congratulations to members of the J&K contingent and said that the relentless dedication and unyielding spirit of the athletes has led them to this momentous journey.
Sarmad Hafeez, Commissioner Secretary, Youth Services and Sports Department, also lauded the J&K team.
Secretary Sports Council, Nuzhat Gull termed the medallists as an inspiration to aspiring athletes and a source of pride.
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