The J&K Taekwondo Association has felicitated the Valley based karate players for their wonderful show in the recently concluded ‘Indo-Bhutan Ashira Karate championship 2013”, held at Bhutan from June 22, 23 2013. Notably, five Kashmiris—Abid Teli, Maqbool Hussain, Abid Hussain, Mukhtar Hussain, Shujaat Hussain—were part of the Indian contingent that bagged 1 gold, 1 silver and 3 bronze medals in the reputed event. They (Valley based players) were accompanied by General secretary-cum-coach, Syed Sajjad and senior vice-president, Syed Tajamul. Meanwhile, to felicitate the players for the achievement, a medals-cum-certificate ceremony was held in a local hotel here. The ceremony was attended by Sr. Vice Presidents of J&K Taekwondo, Syed Sajjad and Syed Tajamul. The (ceremony) was presided over by Mohammad Khursheed Alam—who recently joined PDP—and was named as President of J&K Taekwondo Association on the occasion. Lauding the Kashmiri players for the good show , Alam said that sports should be de-linked from politics. He said that taekwondo—with some 3000 players in J&K—would soon be privatized on the football and cricket pattern. Commenting on the interest among the rural sports persons for Volleyball, Alam should that to leverage on the interest and to hone the skills of the youth further, coaching camps would soon be conducted at far flung areas.