Civic body honors Asian Sqay medal winners

Port Blair
12 May 2017

The Port Blair Municipal Council on Friday felicitated players, who bagged Gold medal in the 5th Asian Sqay Martial arts championship held at Thailand recently. At a simple function, Mr B. Eswar Rao, Chairperson PBMC congratulated the players for bringing laurels to these islands and also to the country. As a token of appreciation, an amount of Rs. 5000/- was handed over to two players, Ms. Saniya Subash and Mr U. Bharathi.  The Member of Parliament, Mr Bishnu Pada Ray, Coach Mr Selvam, Sr Vice Chairperson, Jr. Vice Chairperson, Councilors and officials of the Council were also present on the occasion.
The Member of Parliament also congratulated the coach Mr. M.D Selvam and players who were the part of the Indian team to fetch medals for the country. This is the first time in the history of these islands that a martial art player won gold medals, said Mr Ray assuring the players and the Coach to accompany them to meet the Prime Minister of India in July this year.
Mr Ray also opined that martial art classes must be started in the schools/colleges to keep the students fit and healthy, as now a days our younger generations are turning towards alcoholism, drugs etc. Such classes, if started in educational institution, can promote healthy lifestyle in the youth of these islands, he added.
The coach Mr. M.D.Selvam spoke about the event which was organized by sqay federation of Thailand affiliated with sqay organization of Asia and International Council of sqay was held from 19t April to 21st April 2017, Ms. Saniya Subash, a student of NCS who won 2 gold medals in junior open weight category and areosqay and U. Bharathi from Model School won one gold medal in open weight category. Twelve countries participated in the competition in which team India won the Winner’s Trophy in the Championship. Mr B.Eswar Rao, Chairperson, PBMC who was also a student of  M. D. Selvam, was honored with honorary Black Belt by Renshi M.D. Selvam, Founder, Chief Instructor & Technical Director, Sports Karate Do-Association, A & N Islands on the occasion.