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Kashmiri girls to represent India in international Taekwondo championship

Srinagar , Sun, 05 Jun 2011 ANI

Srinagar, June 5(ANI): The Taekwondo Association of India has selected 10 schoolgirls from Jammu and Kashmir, who will represent the country in an International Taekwondo Championship to be held in Nepal.


The championship will be held towards the end of June and is expected to witness participation from over 11 countries.


According to Shuja Sarwar, Jammu and Kashmir Taekwondo Association General Secretary, parents of the selected girls are lending full support and the girls have also been religiously practicing for the forthcoming tournament.


"These girls have been practicing very hard for the past 20 days for the forthcoming international championship. Their parents are very supportive and they want their children to succeed not only in Nepal, but also all over the world. We also hope that these children shine and bring accolades for the state of Jammu and Kashmir," he said.


He also added that the girls initially learnt the game for self-defense, however their will and enthusiasm might lead them to take it up as their profession in the future.


Elated at her selection, Maliya Khan, a Taekwondo student, said that girls today have the potential to learn the game and perform it to achieve excellence.


"Earlier there was no concept of this game in the region. People were not inclined towards the game and did not think that girls could play it. However, recently a lot of attention is being paid to the game and girls are being given the opportunity to prove their mettle," Khan said.


"Girls today, have the potential to learn the game and succeed. We are trying to prove the same by participating in this championship," she added.


The girls were selected out of more than 30 boys and girls who had gone for national Taekwondo Championships during February and March. (ANI)


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