A 12-team knockout basis Inter-School Girls Kho-Kho Championship in honour of Col Santosh Mahadik SC(P), SM Kupwara culminated here on Saturday.
For participation in the tournament, top two teams were selected from 6 tournaments conducted at Trehgam, Hayama, Manigah, Kalaroos, Murhi & Kupwara Town from June to October and the final held between Upper Primary School, Shatpora and Govt Boys Middle School Kupwara on 12 November 2022 at Galzoo Stadium. The final turned out to be a nail biting contest and was finally won by BMS, Kupwara with a score difference of 25-24.
The event was attended by Brig T K Pant, SC, Cdr Hajipir Brigade, Dr Sagar Dattatray Doifode, IAS, DC, Kupwara, Col MS Navalgatti, CO, 41 RR, civilian dignitaries, locals and all participating teams.
The tournament was sponsored by Thunga Mitra Balaga, Bengaluru and Dr Ravindra Marathe & Friends, Mumbai. Both the groups in their recent visit to Kupwara got motivated by the Indian Army’s initiatives and wanted to be part of women empowerment and promote sports among girls in Kupwara.
All the teams participated with great zeal and enthusiasm with the girl students greatly supported and motivated by the crowd present during the tournament.
All the participating teams were awarded with cash prizes and top three teams were awarded with medals and coveted trophies as well.
Overall, the event was a great success where the girl students displayed Never Give Up attitude during the competition. The event will go a long way in empowering and upliftment of women in Kupwara. All participating school staff and locals were very appreciative of the efforts of the Army for conducting the event at such a grand level and also their untiring efforts towards women upliftment in the Society.
Notably, Kho-Kho is a traditional Indian sport which has existed in some form or the other for thousands of years. The present version of Kho Kho, played on foot, originated in 1914 at the time of the First World War.(KG)