September 3, 2018 | By Sikh Siyasat Bureau
Slough/Chandigarh: In order to induct Gatka into the Olympics by making the game more popular in all spectrum of sports arena, UK Gatka Federation organised 6th National Gatka Championship at Sikh Sports Center, Slough.
This annual tournament was held under the leadership of M.P. and President of U.K. Gatka Federation Tanmanjit Singh Dhesi in which teams from 12 Gatka Akharas belonging to Leyton, Woolwich, Gravesend, Slough, Derby, Willenhall, Smethwick, Southall, Manchester, Darlington participated in this championship. Mayor of Slough, Harmohinder Singh Sohal and President of National Gatka Association of India, Harjeet Singh Grewal distributed the prizes to winning teams and were awarded the cash prize of 12,000 pounds.
Giving details Dhesi said, Baba Fateh Singh Gatka Akhara, Gravesend got the first position in the men’s above 18 years age category whereas Damdami Taksal Gatka Akhara, Derby got the second position. Similarly, Sandeep Kaur from Darlington got the first position and Updesh Kaur from Darby came second in the individual woman’s above 18 years age category.
Giving Details, he further informed that Guru Hargobind Sahib Gatka Akhara, Smethwick (team A) came first whereas Akal Sahai Gatka Akhara, Southall (Team B) got the second position. In women’s under 17 years age category Jeevan Kaur from Damdami Taksaal Gatka Akhara, Derby won the women’s individual category whereas Komalpreet Kaur from Akal Sahai Gatka Akhara, Southhall came second.
Dhesi further said Baba Banda Singh Bahadur Gatka Akhara, Darby (Team B) came first place whereas Team A from this Akhara remained second in the men’s under 14 years age category. Gurleen Kaur from Damdami Taksaal Gatka Akhara, came first whereas Navjit Kaur from Akal SahaiGatka Akhara, Southall came second in women’s under 14 years age individual category.
On this occasion, Gatka promoter Harjeet Singh Grewal presented honour to Tanmanjeet Singh Dhesi from World Gatka Federation and International Sikh Martial Art Academy. Known singer Mangi Mahal enthralled the audience with his songs.
Amongst others present on the occasion included Secretary UK Gatka Federation Harman Singh, Gurdwara Singh Sabha Slough
President Joginder Singh, Ramgharia Gurudwara Slough president Harjinder Singh Gahir, President of Sri Guru Singh Sabha Southall Gurmail Singh Malhi, Kewal Singh Randhawa, Sukhdev Singh Sokha Udopur, Sarabjit Singh Virk, Balhahar Singh, Lakha Singh, Sodhi Fateh Saffolding, Tejinder Singh Sekhon, Shaminder Singh Dhaliwal, Sarabjit Singh Grewal, Sadhu Singh Jogi, Prabhjot Singh Bittu Mohi.
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