STATE TIMES NEWS
JAMMU: With the support from Korean Cultural Centre, New Delhi and Samsung (South Korea), the Jammu and Kashmir Taekwondo Association (JKTA) has taken a firm decision to involve record breaking around 2000 players in maiden Vishal Memorial JKTA Foundation Day Cup slated on February 20 and 21 at New Indoor Hall, MA Stadium, here.
The first of its kind event shall be held simultaneously at all 20 districts with the sole aim to make J&K hub of the game of Taekwondo in the country.
“It was my dream to do something big in the name of my Guru and founder of the game of Taekwondo in erstwhile J&K State, Vishal Sharma. Finally, it was decided to hold a unique event on the 35th Foundation Day of the JKTA which was formed in 1986. It would be a record in itself to simultaneous competition all over the UT with over 2000 players taking part,” said International player and coach, Referee Committee Member (Kyorugi/Poomsae), India Taekwondo (IT), Atul Pangotra.
Adding he said, “I had approached the JKTA for holding the event and fortunately the Association agreed on my request and approved the competition.”
Interestingly, the JKTA has decided to introduce the game of Taekwondo to those children from slums, orphaned, Para athletes and Kashmiri migrants during the two-day event.
“When we shared the idea of involving Para athletes and young children who have lost their parents and houses during the Militancy related incidents and others live in slums, the Korean Cultural Centre agreed to extend a helping hand to such players in pursuing the game,” disclosed Atul.
Through Korean Culture Centre, India, the Samsung Company (South Korea) has confirmed their sponsorship for this mega event. Other supporters, who have come forward to for a cause included Aasma Charity Trust, Universal Sports Industries (USI), Atul International Taekwondo Academy, Shield Taekwondo Academy and Club Sportsline.