Gatka, traditional battling style of the Nihang Sikh warriors, is among the four indigenous recreations which have been contained in the Khelo India Youth Games 2021, planned to accept place in Panchkula. The different three tournaments are Kalaripayattu, Thang-Ta, and Mallakhamba. 

Gatka, a crucial fraction of 600-year-old Sikh narrative, is an important part of ‘Sikh Shahshtar Vidiya’ (abilities to use numerous weapons) and a fundamental feature of projectiles workout. It is used both for self-made  as well as an athletics.

Talking to TOI, Harjeet Singh Grewal, President of National Gatka Association of India, said: “We exist pleased that the clergy has comprised Indian historical martial art Gatka in the Khelo India Youth Games. We are confident that this undertaking will necessarily help to facilitate and modernize a forgotten martial art remembering an ancient significance.”Harjeet Singh Grewal

It is not just about warfare. It has very great character-forming importance . It also formulates the humane integrity of self-respect, stamina, self-control, and domain. It inhabits a significant spot in annals of recreations for it is the nicest in phrases of self-defence, particularly for women,” said Grewal.

The Punjab administration had already enrolled the Gatka in its State Sports Policy in 2015. The Gatka players also benefit a three percent stock allowance fixed for sportspersons during entries in institutes and in getting administration jobs. The School Games Federation of India (SGFI) had encompassed the Gatka tournament in the National School Games roster in 2015.

“Gatka is not barely about warfare. It has very great character-forming values. It also develops the charitable integrity of self-respect, endurance, self-control, and discipline.

Gatka will now be growing at its motherland. Beside the Khelo India Youth Games, Gatka as a recreation will earn more distinction nationally and internationally,” Grewal signed off.

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