New Delhi: World Martial Arts Games Committee (WMAGC) has cancelled the Asian Martial Arts Games 2018, which were scheduled to be held in October in Srinagar, due to the security concerns. It would have been the first ever international martial arts games, in which over 12 countries were expected to participate, to be held in Jammu and Kashmir. Also Read - All Educational Institutes in Jammu And Kashmir to Remain Closed Till Year End
“We were informed by the National Martial Arts Committee (NMAC) – India that the WMAGC has cancelled hosting of the international event in Kashmir valley after some of the Asian member countries, besides observers from the WMAGC, expressed concern about the security situation,” a spokesperson of J&K state KiAiDo Association, which was the organizer of the event, said. Also Read - BJP Wants to Develop an Ecosystem With No Place For Democracy: PDP Chief Mehbooba Mufti
He said the organisers were informed that some Asian countries, besides Game Observers, mostly from Germany, UK and US, have refused to travel to J&K following travel advisories issued by their respective governments. Also Read - Jammu & Kashmir DDC Polls: 51.76 % Voter Turnout Recorded in First Phase
“Keeping the views from WMAGC, we have decided to withdraw the proposal of hosting the prestigious Asian Martial Arts Games from J&K,” a letter addressed to the organizers of the event read. The NMAC-India will now decide a new venue for holding the international event.
The Jammu and Kashmir Government, including Sports Minister Moulvi Imran Raza, State Sports Council Secretary Waheed-Ur-Rehman Parra, District Administration, and police authorities had announced to extend all help for the hosting of the games.
Meanwhile, expressing disappointment over the cancellation of J&K as the venue of the event, the spokesperson said they will continue to promote martial in every nook and corner of the state. “The motto behind to host the international event in Kashmir was to present a platform for people-to-people interaction between the people of the valley and rest of Asian countries. However, we will not lose hope and there will be bigger opportunities in the future,” he said.
He said they have opened up clubs under the banner of J&K Academy of Unified Martial in all most all the districts of the Valley in the first phase. “In the second phase, we will launch clubs in Ladakh region and Jammu region,” he added.