Chandigarh May 31 : To tone up the skills of martial art and impart proper basics coaching as per rules, the Punjab Gatka Association (Regd.) would organise weeklong free special summer camps for Gatka training to the budding Gatkebaaz in all the districts in the state. The Punjab Gatka Association (PGA) President S. Harcharn Singh Bhullar SSP Sangrur disclosed this.
He said that the to accustomise and educate the beginner with Gatka rules introduced by the Gatka Federation of India (GFI), such Gatka camps were all important to prepare the students for the coming school level Gatka tournaments as School Games Federation of India (SGFI) had already incorporated Gatka as a game in National school games calendar. “All district Gatka Associations have been instructed to arrange such camps in the cities and depute only certified coaches of GFI and PGA for proper training to school children of their district,” he added.
Mr Bhullar further added that keeping in view the forthcoming inter-college Gatka competitions to be organised by various universities and educational institutes, the students studying in technical, medical and polytechnics, could also take part in such coaching clinics free of cost. He informed that GFI would also organise training camps in other states also to prepare college and university teams for the second all India inter-varsity Gatka championship-2012 to be organised by the Punjabi university Patiala in the coming months.
He added that all district Gatka associations have also been directed to select district Gatka teams by arranging block and district level Gatka tournaments during month of July and August so that these teams could participate in the second Punjab State Gatka (men & women) championship-2012 to be organised during August this.
Mr Bhullar further added that the GFI has adopted the conventional sports costume (i.e. Track Suits or T-shirt with Knickers, Sneakers and headgear for protection) as a new dress code in its Rules Book to play Gatka game in all competitions so as to make it a ‘Cosmopolitan Sport’ which was earlier almost on the verge of extinction. “It’s a humble effort to revive a forgotten and dying art having a historical significance,” he added.