JK News Today
Jammu, February 15:
The 14-years-old student of 9th standard of Nagbani School in Jammu, Lakshya Sharma is one of the best technical players in Fencing at Jammu. He is so technically strong player that even his coaches term him as ‘Rahul Dravid’ of Fencing. Lakshya recently won Gold in 66 th National School Games at Telangana, but hardly recognized by State Government.
Q1: What is your journey in Fencing?
Lakshya: I started my fencing carrier at the age of 7 years, when I shifted from skating to fencing. Actually that time, my father Ashok Sharma, who is also a sportsman and sports journalist too, guided me. But now I am a dedicated player of fencing and fencing is my prayers and love.
Q2: What are you achievements in this game?
Lakshya: I started Fencing as a new comer and from the very first day I was a good learner of the game and all credit goes to my respectable coaches, who trained me well and till date I have player 7-8 national games. And my main achievements are silver at district level and then silver in mini-national games where I won medal in under-12 at Pune in Maharashtra and then now gold in under-17.
Q3: What is the scope of Fencing in J&K?
Lakshya: You will be happy to know that Fencing is producing country’s best players from Jammu and Kashmir and of course we are having best of the best coaches here. My senior colleague, Ujwal Gupta had won maximum medals in national games. Fencing players won over 300 medals within 10 years for J&K at different levels in separate tournaments.
Q4: Then where J&K is lacking and our players not select at International Level?
Lakshya: Sorry to say but if State Government start helping our association properly, we will bring medal not for state but for country too. There is dire need that govt provide us full logistic support as there is lack of equipment in our game. There is only one pist, on which we have to practice for hundreds of students.
Q5: How you felt after winning gold for J&K in national school games?
Lakshya: It was very proudful moment for me and my coaches. Actually as per the situation in the finals, I played very crucial role, maximum point were earned by me and it gave me immense pleasure that I played well and we got medal.
Q6: So what is your aim now?
Lakshya: My aim and dream is to play for the country and bring medal for India. Now, I am practicing to wear India’s jersey.