J&K loses opportunity to host Asian Martial Games due to security reasons

KT NEWS SERVICE. Dated: 2/8/2018 12:26:13 AM

JAMMU, Feb 7: In a huge loss to Jammu and Kashmir, the Asian Martial Arts Games 2018, which were scheduled to be held in October in the Valley, have been cancelled by the world body citing security reasons.
“We were informed by the National Martial Arts Committee (NMAC) – India that the World Martial Arts Games Committee (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.
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.
“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.



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