Wednesday, April 24, 2024

Gatka Officials Sharpen Skills in Officiating Camp

by Parminder Singh Sodhi

In a bid to enhance the expertise of its technical officials, the National Gatka Association of India (NGAI), in collaboration with the Gatka Association of Punjab, recently organized an officiating camp. The event, held at Dashmesh Khalsa College, Zirakpur, aimed to equip coaches, referees, and judges with the latest insights into Gatka, the traditional Sikh martial art.

Thirty technical officials participated in the camp, striving to remain abreast of the amended Gatka rules and regulations. Simranjeet Singh, the General Secretary of NGAI, highlighted that the camp, conducted under the guidance of NGAI president Harjeet Singh Grewal, provided attendees with certificates of participation, acknowledging their dedication to Gatka officiating.

The event welcomed Naresh Thakur, Secretary of the Chandigarh Olympic Association, as the chief guest. In his keynote address, Thakur underscored the significance of promoting Gatka in educational institutions, cities, and villages nationwide. He advocated for the inclusion of Gatka in curriculums and urged women to embrace martial arts for self-defense purposes.

Furthermore, Thakur appealed to the Union Sports Ministry to expedite the recognition of NGAI, facilitating the widespread promotion of this ancient art form both nationally and internationally. His remarks echoed the sentiments of many, emphasizing the cultural and physical benefits of Gatka.

The camp also witnessed the presence of esteemed Gatka personalities, including Inderjodh Singh, Vice President of NGAI, Sarabjeet Singh Ludhiana, Senior Vice President of Gatka Association of Punjab, and Sarabjit Singh Jalandhar, State Coordinator of the International Sikh Martial Art Council. Their participation added depth to the event, fostering a sense of community and shared purpose among Gatka enthusiasts.

Charanjeet Kaur, another prominent figure in the Gatka community, highlighted the importance of such initiatives in preserving and promoting the rich heritage of Gatka. She expressed optimism about the future of Gatka and its potential to unite communities through shared cultural experiences.

As the officiating camp concluded, participants departed with newfound knowledge and a renewed sense of commitment to Gatka. With the support of organizations like NGAI and passionate advocates like Naresh Thakur, Gatka continues to thrive as not just a martial art but a symbol of tradition, resilience, and unity in India and beyond.

Parminder Singh Sodhi

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