Karate team bags 13 medals in International C’ship at Kolkata

GANGTOK, 31 Jul:

A team of karatekas from the State has returned home with 13 medals from the 4th edition of International Karate Championship 2018 held on 28 and 29 July at NetajiSubash Chandra Bose Stadium in Kolkata. The championship was organised by All India SeishinkaiShito-Ryu Karate-Do Federation, which had the participation of teams from different parts of the country and Nepal.

A 26-member team represented Sikkim in the championship, which was led by TaramanGurung as team coach and Hem KumariRai as the team manager. The State team bagged 5 gold medals, 4 silver medals and 4 bronze medals.

Gold medallists are BiswasGurung, VivhanNeopaney, SakimaRai, BiswadeepMangar and YoznaGurung, while silver medals were won by DrishnaRai, AdarshTamang, ManishaChettri and UpendraGurung. Likewise, bronze medals were bagged by Buddha Sundas, Anita Gurung, BimalaTamang and BigyashaTamang.

Sikkim State Karate-Do Association [SSKDA] has felicitated medal winners and team members for their outstanding performance in the championship here at Paljor Stadium this evening. The felicitation programme was chaired by the Sports & Youth Affairs Department Deputy Director, ThuptenRapgyal as the chief guest.

While congratulating the team members, Mr Rapgyal appreciated the continuous outstanding performances of Sikkimese karatekas in national and international competitions. He expressed that local karatekas have the potential to reach the Olympic level. He also appreciated the hard work and efforts of the SSKDA chief coach and chief technical director, BidhanBallavfor taking karate to this level in the State. He also appreciated the efforts of president, BijoyGurung and technical council chairperson of SSKDA,BhimBahadurSubba for their effort in leading the association.

On behalf of the association, SSKDA president, BijoyGurungcongratulated the entire team for their outstanding performance in the championship. He mentioned that the association sent mostly beginners in this international championship. They had recently undergone a coaching camp of Sports & Youth Affairs Department held from 05 to 17 July at Paljor Stadium.

“Most of the medals were won by cadet and sub-junior players, which is a very good sign for the development of karate in the State,” Mr Gurung added.

Likewise, SSKDA technical council chairperson, Mr Subba mentioned that the association has now decided to provide more exposure to local players outside the State. He further added that SSKDA will be organising more activities and events in the State to encourage and to provide more platforms to young karatekas of Sikkim.