Chandigarh- The conventional sport of ‘Gatka’ is poised to get a major increase nationwide because the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) has formally included this sport within the thirty seventh National Games-2023 scheduled to be held in Goa in October this 12 months. During this nationwide occasion, the IOA, in collaboration with the Government of Goa, would manage competitions for a complete of 43 disciplines.
In an announcement issued right here on Monday, Harjeet Singh Grewal, the President of the National Gatka Association of India (NGAI) and a State Awardee, expressed his gratitude to the IOA President and Rajya Sabha member, Dr. PT Usha, in addition to the Games Technical Conduct Committee (GTCC) Chairman, Amitabh Sharma, member Bhupiner Singh Bajwa and different members, for together with the martial artwork Gatka within the nationwide video games for the primary time.
Expressed his gratitude to the IOA and GTCC for this announcement, Grewal mentioned, “We have long yearned for due recognition of this game by the IOA. Recently, a high-level meeting was held with IOA and GTCC office bearers in New Delhi to acknowledge this game and include it in the upcoming national games.”
Gatka promoter Harjeet Singh Grewal knowledgeable that though the NGAI has been selling this sport by means of its affiliated state Gatka associations in 22 states, this resolution will surely show to be a major step within the general growth of Gatka throughout the nation. He additional knowledgeable that preparations had been already underway for participation within the National Games. In this regard, the NGAI was conducting conferences with its affiliated state models in all states.