UK MP Tanmanjeet Singh Dhesi and Rajya Sabha member Balbir Singh Seechewal successfully concluded the 9th UK National Gatka Championship in London

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Hayes, LondonAkali Baba Ajit Singh Gatka Akhara Manchester emerged as the overall champions while Dumdami Taksal Gatka Akhara Derby team finished as the overall runners-up during the 9th UK National Gatka Championship-2023 in a stellar display of Jungju Johar, dedication and sportsmanship. This annual Gatka Championship was successfully concluded at Gurudwara Nanaksar Garib Niwaz Ground in Hayes, London, in which fifteen Gatka teams of boys and girls from different cities of UK participated.

This annual championship was inaugurated jointly by Tanmanjit Singh Dhesi MP UK, Punjab Rajya Sabha member Baba Balbir Singh Seechewal, Varinder Sharma MP, Harjit Singh Grewal President World Gatka Federation, Baba Amarjit Singh Gurdwara Nanaksar Garib Niwaz and David Brogg Hedge Township . Ardas were also performed before the inauguration to seek the blessings of the God for the success of the tournament.

In his address, Baba Seechewal appreciated the efforts of Gatka Federation UK and World Gatka Federation for promoting this martial art abroad and encouraged the Sangat to teach Gatka to their children as it inculcates heritage values ​​and Also equips children with self-defense skills.

Saloh MP Tanmanjit Singh Dhesi, who is also the President of Gatka Federation UK, thanked all the Sangats and individuals who helped the UK. Highlighting the activities and achievements of the Gatka organization, he said that next year this tournament will prove to be an even more important initiative for the Gatka players of the country.

Harjeet Singh Grewal, who is also the President of the National Gatka Association of India, emphasized the importance of ‘Teen Gagga’ – Gurmukhi, Gurbani and Gatka – in keeping future generations connected with the Sikh heritage. He appealed to all the Gurudwaras across the world to become the main training centers for these ‘Tin Gagga’ i.e. ‘Three Ji’. MP Varinder Sharma, MLA Dr. Unkar Singh Sahota, Sikh thinker Bhagwan Singh Johal and Punjab Times’ Rajinder Singh Purewal also addressed on the occasion.

On this occasion, Sarbjit Singh Dhanjal Trustee, Harnek Singh Neka Maripuria, Sarbjit Singh Grewal Safetech Solutions, Surjit Singh Purewal, AAP leaders Manjit Singh Salapur, Davinder Singh Patara, Harmeet Singh Virk, Ajaim Singh Garcha, Ravinder Singh Khaira, Billa Gill Dinewalia, Balbir Singh Gill, Bhai Gajinder Singh Khalsa, Councilor Raju Sansarpuri, Ajaib Singh Puar, Councilor Kamalpreet Kaur, Sahib Singh Dhesi, Manpreet Singh Badhni, Talwinder Singh Dhillon, Harbans Singh Kular, Harjit Singh Sarpanch, Mandeep Singh Bhogal, Gurbachan Singh Atwal, Dr. Tara Singh Alam, Nishan Singh Saloh etc. were also present.

In this championship Akali Baba Ajit Singh Gatka Akhara Manchester, Baba Fateh Singh Gatka Akhara Irth, Damdami Taksal Gatka Akhara Derby, Baba Fateh Singh Gatka Akhara Woolwich, Akal Sahay Gatka Akhara, Southall, Baba Fateh Singh Gatka Akhara Southall, Baba Fateh Singh Gatka Akhara Fifteen Gatka teams from ten different Gatka Akharas including Layton, Phoola Singh Gatka Akhara Coventry, Akal Purakh Ki Fauj Gatka Akhara Southampton, Baba Fateh Singh Gatka Akhara Gravesend and Patshahi VI Gatka Akhara Wolverhampton participated.

During this tournament Gatka matches of different age groups were conducted on the basis of knockout method. In the Under-14 boys team competition, Akali Baba Ajit Singh Gatka Akhara Manchester secured first position, Dumdami Taksal Gatka Akhara Derby second. In the Boys Under-18 team competition, Akali Baba Ajit Singh Gatka Akhara Manchester defeated Baba Fateh Singh Gatka Akhara Erith. In the above 18 years age group, Dumdami Taksal Gatka Akhara Derby secured the first position while Baba Fateh Singh Gatka Akhara Layton stood second.

Similarly, in the individual competition of girls under-14 age group, Arshpreet Kaur and Harleen Kaur in A and B teams of Dumdami Taksal Gatka Akhara Derby secured first and second position respectively. Daya Kaur of Akali Phoola Singh Gatka Akhara Coventry stood first while Kamalpreet Kaur of Dumdami Taksal Gatka Akhara Derby stood second in the Under-18 age group individual competition. Parminder Kaur of Akali Baba Ajit Singh Gatka Akhara, Manchester, was the winner in the individual competition in the above 18 years age group, while Kamalpreet Kaur of Dumdami Taksal Gatka Akhara Derby came second.

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