Second Jeet Kune Do Federation cup kick-starts in Srinagar

The second Jeet Kune Do Federation cup kick-started at S K Indoor stadium in the summer capital, here on Thursday.

Around 400 Martial Arts players, including national and international medalists, from 12 states are participating in the Federation cup, making it one of the biggest national level martial art event held in the Kashmir valley.

The event is being organized by J&K state Jeet Kune Do Association.

Several top players, who have represented their states and country at various national and international events, dazzled the audience with their entertaining demonstrations.

The sword demonstration from Manipur struck a cord with the audience while the fight demonstration by two Kashmiri girl players received huge appreciation from the crowd.

The organizers said because of the negative image of the valley portrayed by a section of the media many teams got canceled at the last minute.

“We had 18 teams who confirmed their participation in the Federation Cup but 6 teams declined at the last moment because of the news about unrest in the valley. But there is no problem as the situation is completely different then what is projected in the national valley,” Tanzeel Ahmad, the Organizing Secretary of the Federation Cup, said.

He said despite all odds, the event is going to be a success. “The negative campaign should have been countered by the support given by the authorities, but unfortunately that support is missing this time,” he added.

Thanking the national body of Jeet Kune Do for selecting Srinagar to hold the Federation Cup, Srinagar Municipal Corporation (SMC) commissioner Riyaz Ahmad said that such events will help the children of the state to showcase their talent. “I’m also thankful to J&K Jeet Kune Do Federation to organize such an amazing event,” he added.

Jeet Kune Do martial arts Federation India General Secretary Sifu Lion Vikas Gihara appreciating the hard work put in by the J&K state Jeet Kune Do Association, said that the situation is entirely different from what is shown in the national news channels.

“The players who will be selected in this Federation cup will be qualified to participate in the Independent Day Cup for Jeet Kune Do Martial art to be held in New Delhi next month. The medalists from the Independent Cup will then represent the country at South Asian Jeet Kune Do championship in Sri Lanka in the month of October,” he added.



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