PUNJAB: The standard Sikh martial artwork sport Gatka is in revival mode. Harjeet Singh Grewal, Joint Director in Public Relations Division of Punjab authorities, is the person behind the mission. The Union Sports activities Ministry has included Gatka within the coming Khelo India Youth Video games in February subsequent 12 months.
The Asian Gatka Federation and the Nationwide Gatka Affiliation of India (NGAI), of which Grewal is the president, are planning to carry the primary Asian Gatka championship subsequent 12 months. The NGAI has been holding nationwide championships yearly and this 12 months, will probably be the ninth version.
“Gatka is being performed in additional than 16 states (Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Maharashtra, Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu and Madhya Pradesh, amongst others) and associations have already been fashioned in these states,” he stated.
Apart from India, additionally it is being performed in additional than two dozen nations, together with the US, Canada, the UK, France, Italy, Belgium, Dubai, Australia, New Zealand, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, Indonesia, Pakistan, Nepal, Denmark and Germany,” he stated.
Grewal, 52, was a boxing participant in his faculty days. He was severely injured in a highway accident in 1990, rendering him bodily disabled. “It’s my humble effort to revive this forgotten historic martial artwork. In collaboration with WGF, the NGAI has compiled its third version of worldwide gatka rulebook to play it as a scientific sport,” he stated.
At any time when Grewal noticed Gatka being performed by the Nihangs as a show of martial artwork throughout Hola Mahalla, he’d suppose why not promote the normal artwork as a full-fledged sport. The NGAI got here up in 2004. “In 2007, I compiled a brand new rulebook of the sport because the outdated one was made in 1936 — The Artwork of Gatka Preventing by KS Akali — which value Re 1 at the moment.”
He seeks the cooperation of all Sikhs throughout the globe to make Gatka a recognised sport. “Solely twenty years in the past, it appeared as a big job. However with the help of the Sikh group this job can certainly be accomplished efficiently quickly,” stated Grewal.
“We have now many ‘akharas’ (coaching centres) selling Gatka inside and outdoors the nation the place budding gamers be taught the game. In every district of Punjab, there are a minimum of 30 such ‘akharas’,” he says.
Grewal says his organisation is planning to place up digital scoreboards and bout replay facility for video umpires. Picket Gatka sticks are being changed with fiber sticks embedded with sensors and microchips for fast scoring and calculating fouls. Extra security gear reminiscent of face, chest and shoulder guards and shin protectors are launched.
To place in place an efficient mechanism to determine and nurture Gatka sporting expertise, the NGAI and ISMAC will arrange an residential institute in SAS Nagar, says Grewal. A documentary movie is below manufacturing and animation movies on the Sikh martial artwork may even be produced to showcase its historic significance.
Grewal additionally promotes soccer amongst Sikh gamers. He holds the Sikh Soccer Cup (SFC) in Punjab and heads the Khalsa Soccer Membership (Khalsa FC), which is affiliated with All India Soccer Federation. In SFC, solely Keshadhari (Sikhs with unshorn hair and beards) soccer groups from all districts compete because the Khalsa FC is aiming to advertise Sikh gamers for retaining their id as Keshadhari in all sports activities.
What Grewal has achieved
Punjab govt included Gatka in its state gradation checklist in 2015 and the gamers can avail advantages below the three% sports activities quota in govt jobs and in admissions to all skilled and educational establishments
The Faculty Video games Federation of India included Gatka as a sport within the 56th Nationwide Faculty Video games calendar in 2011-12
Punjab Faculty Training Board awards 25 and 15 marks in complete marks of Class XII college students who carry laurels within the nationwide and state competitions
Punjab govt recognised Gatka as a sport in its faculties, schools and universities in 2009 and has been organising Inter-District Gatka tournaments since then
Punjabi College, Patiala, has organised All India Inter-College Gatka (males & ladies) prize cash tournaments 4 instances since 2011
Affiliation of Indian Universities included Gatka in seventy fifth Nationwide College Sports activities calendar in 2015-16