Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir Pencak Silat teams emerged overall Champions in the 11th National Pencak Silat Championships for Pre Teen, Sub Junior and Junior at Patli Putra Stadium Patna, Bihar held from November 23rd to 26th.
In the event athletes from 34 States and Union Territories teams participated in both boys and girls with over 1400 players taking part in the mega tournament.
Players who performed well were taken on the radar for the Indian national camps for the 5th Junior World and 20th Senior World Pencak Silat Championship 2023 which will be held at Singapore later in January 2024.
Jammu and Kashmir teams emerged overall Champions/ winners with Gold: 27 , Silver : 22 , Bronze : 28 medals while as Haryana emerged as the runners up overall in the championship with Gold : 25 , Silver. : 14 , Bronze : 20, Delhi and Uttrakhand stood on the 3rd place in the total medal tally.
Sports Minister Bihar, Jitendra Kumar Rai, was the Chief guest , Director General ( Sports ) Ravindran Shankaran ( IPS), Pankaj Raj Director cum Secretary Bihar State Sports Authority were guest of Honor and distribution of medals was made by the chief guest.
Rajeshwar Raj , Ex MLA President Pencak Silat Association of Bihar , Gautam Pratap Singh, General Secretary Pencak Silat Association of Bihar, Kishor Prakash Yewale, President, Indian Pencak Silat Federation, Tariq Ahmad Zargar,Secretary General Mohammad Iqbal, Coach Team India, Irfan Aziz Botta, CEO Indian Pencak Silat Federation and other officers and officials were present on the occasion.
The Championship was organised by Pencak Silat Association of Bihar under the aegis of Indian Pencak Silat Federation and under the banner of Ministry of Youth affairs and sports, Govt of India and Sports authority of India