National 15th Wushu sub junior championship kickstarts at Patanjali Yogpeeth
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In a joint collaboration with Wushu Association of India (WAI) and Wushu Association of Uttarakhand (WAU), 15th Sub Junior National Wushu Championship began on Sunday at Patanjali Yogpeeth.

The four-day sports event would see over 700 participants from across the country with teams coming from far-off States like Manipur and Meghalaya.

The inaugural day witnessed stalwarts like executive director of Sports Authority of India, officials from Indian Olympic Association of India and others attend the opening of the championship.

Out of all, the Chinese martial arts – Taikwondo, Judo, Karate and Wushu- are gaining popularity in India. In the last four years, it has won three Arjun awards and the teams got medals in the last three Asian games.

National president of Olympic Association Jitendra Singh Bajwa told The Pioneer, “The craze for seeing the hill State Uttarakhand and meeting Baba Ramdev has drawn many coaches and general secretaries of the association from different States. They have come with their teams for this sub- junior championship. We are hopeful that in the National Games 2018, which would be held in Uttarakhand, Wushu would give good results.”

The State president of Olymmpic Association Bhupendra Singh said, “In all, 36 teams have come from across the country and the competition would be amongst the children under 15 years age group.” State secretary Arti Saini coordinated the teams for the contest.

Inaugurating the event yoga guru Swami Ramdev said, “Healthy mind resides in healthy body. Healthy body is every one’s birthright and the Wushu sport combines the three kick, push and throw techniques of fight, making balance of all the physical faculties.”

Presiding over the inaugural function, Acharya Balkrishna said, “It is a matter of pride that national championship is hosted by Uttarakhand. In line to the Central government which is giving full support to this sport, the State government must come forward too in promotion of sport.”

Presiding as guest of honour Chidanand Muni of Parmarth Niketan said that one must live life in a sportive spirit and the games like Wushu was the best medium to practise this principle.

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