Jalandhar, April 13 : The 27th national sub-junior wrestling championship got a fillip here when the wrestling lovers converged on the occasion had an opportunity to watch special bouts between senior wrestlers from India and Pakistan here.
These bouts were fought a day ahead of the four-day sub junior championship as show-matches during the inauguration ceremony.
The wrestling lovers cheered with enthusiasm, as the senior players demonstrated skill and strength in the ring and won everyone's heart with their respective matches.
The ongoing championship that concludes on Sunday evening (April 13) is being participated by male and female wrestlers from 16 States of the country.
On the occasion, Pakistani wrestlers Mohammed Shahid and Mohammed Javed opined that such competitions served good for both the countries and, thus, needed to be promoted.
"It's a national championship. Ever since we have come, we received such a warm welcome. We even enjoyed watching and wrestling in the championship. We have already won one to two matches. No doubt, there are really good wrestlers in India and it feels nice on watching them performing so well. But wrestling in Pakistan has decreased considerably, as compared to India where it is continuing successfully," said Mohammed Shahid, one Pakistani wrestler.
The matches won a big applause every now and then during the game, as Mohammed Shahid (Pakistan) defeated Sandeep (India) and in the next encounter India's Sukhraj Singh floored Mohammed Javed of Pakistan.
Moreover, new rules were tried out in this championship. There were three rounds of two minutes, earlier it used to be two rounds of three minutes each.
"It feels really good to have Pakistani wrestlers in the competition. We all share same culture, same language and same origin, so it is a good thing to be done here. We have been inviting the Pakistani players time to time to be a part of such events. Moreover, people also enjoy while watching these bouts and they get a message of simply enjoying the sport above anything else," said Kartar Singh, President of Indian-style Wrestling Federation.
Contrary to the earlier practice of wrestling on a digged-ground, the wrestling was held in auditorium in order to offer an exposure about the feel of modern and international-level wrestling to sub-junior players from all participating States.
Nonetheless, this edition of national sub-junior wrestling tourney that concludes on the occasion of Baisakhi festival will be best remembered for strengthening brotherhood between sports lovers in India and Pakistan.