In the J-K Summer Ice-Stock championship organized by the J&K Ice Stock Association and J&K Sports Council more than 200 athletes from 12 districts of Jammu and Kashmir participated in the event.
Under the ‘My Youth My Pride’ initiative, this event is being organized in which participants came from across the Union Territory. In the event, there are various categories like a team game, target game, Distance, and individual target.
The players are taking part in sport with great enthusiasm and also preparing for winter championships that are played on snow.
Meanwhile, Ubaid Khan one of the players said, “This is the game of balance wherein your neuro-muscular coordination is seen…the person who excels in this game is known to have all these components of a person’s ability to balance and coordinate,” Ubaid Khan said.
Another player named Saleeka Tariq said, “This is a state-level championship and hence is a great platform for us to present our state. After qualifying from here, we can go for nationals and internationals as well. So, it’s a very great thing for us.”
Moreover, the co-organizer and the coach of the event Irfan Aziz Botta said that the sport has made its space in the recently held 2020 Olympic games.
“We have gathered here today for the summer version of the J&K Ice Stock Championship. It has recently been confirmed in the recently held 2020 Olympic games and since the sportspersons cannot stay idle for nine months, the federation created a summer version as winter is far away and stays only for a period of three months,” Botta said.