ITANAGAR, May 17: Arunachal Pradesh won 19 medals, including five gold, six silver and eight bronze medals to finish sixth in the KAI National Sub-Junior, Cadet, Junior and Under 21 Karate Championship, 2017 held in Talkatora Indoor Stadium, New Delhi from May 10 to 13. Of the five gold medals, four came from individual Kumite and one from Team Kata.
Sinne Mikhu, a two-time gold medallist (2015 and 2016) in KAI Senior National Karate Championship, did not disappoint this time too, and bagged the gold as expected. He has been selected to represent the country in the Asian and South Asian Karate Championship to be held later this year.
The trio of Chopa Tallo, Doni Yangfo and Raja Yangfo created history by winning the state’s first ever gold in Team Kata.
Rakesh Dasi Tamin won his gold medal in Sub-Junior Boys below 40 kg category (13 Years).
Showing equal talent, the girls’ team also did exceptionally well. Yaki Dignium and Zimi Eyum also clinched a gold medal each in Girls (Cadet) over 54 kg and Sub-Junior Girls below 30kg (8-10 years) category respectively.
Silver medal winners were Mepung Langdo (Sub-Junior Girls), Namsai Bagbi (Sub-Junior Boys), Armaan Parang Londa (Sub Junior Boys), Yanung Gamnu (Cadet Girls), Mingmo Dolo (Cadet Boys) and Tade Bayor (U-21). All the silver medals came from Kumite (fight). Tanga Tamin Pigia (Jr Boys) and Mesom Singhi (U-21) won a bronze medal each in individual Kata event.
Other bronze medallists were Sipi Paffa (Cadet Boys), Rosemlu Tamblung (Cadet Girls), Niaimun Mara (Cadet Girls), Mimi Ramching (U-21), Raja Yangfo (U- 21), Santi Sikom (Junior Girls). They won the medals in Kumite.
Coaches Praksh Limbu, Sunita Sanu, Rakom Dugi and Rakesh Gamnu were also felicitated.
Meanwhile, Coach Dugi has qualified as Grade B Judge in the examination conducted by the KAI during the championship.
Further, state’s senior karate player, P Nobin Jomoh, who qualified as the World Karate Federation Coach in Dubai last month and became member of the KAI’s Athletes Commission, was also felicitated for his rare achievements.
The Arunachal Karate Association (AKA), led by its President Likha Tara felicitated the medal winners and their coaches in a function at Naharlagun on Wednesday.
Visibly happy with the performance of the team, Tara, who also is the Vice President of the Karate Association of India, said, “We are doing whatever we can through our limited resources to help the players.”
Tara was of the opinion that karate players have been consistently performing well at national and even at international levels for the past many years making the state proud. But, despite the fact, the sportspersons and their managers have not been receiving adequate support from the authority.
He encouraged the karatekas to stay involved and focused in the sport and win glory for the state and country by winning medals at the highest level.
He appealed to the government to provide incentives to all deserving medal winning players every year to give them some financial succour.
Sports Authority of Arunachal (SAA) Vice Chairman Gechi Doke, along with Tara and Joint Director cum Member Secretary (SAA) Gumnya Karbak felicitated the players, and said that the state government was making every possible effort to take the sports sector forward. However, they said that non-release of fund has made the authority almost handicapped.
It was also informed that Rs 1 crore has been allocated to the Arunachal Olympic Association to conduct the second State Olympic Games tentatively scheduled for August this year as well as for the purpose of talent hunt for the ensuing National Games, scheduled to be held in Goa in the last part of the year.
The meeting was attended by all the AKA executive members, senior coaches and instructors and players.