Touching welcome for medal winner karatekas

*3 girls ink team kata national record

By Pradeep Kumar

NAHARLAGUN, Dec 05: Twelve Arunachal Pradesh karatekas, after winning 16 medals in 9th Common Wealth Championship, arrived at railway station here on late Wednesday evening to a heart-touching reception by families, Arunachal Karate-Do Association (AKA) and Jomoh Welfare Society (JWS).

The karatekas included gold medalists: Deepak Jomoh [12-13-year boys (-40 kg, individual Kata)], Samem Romat [Cadet boys (-63kg, individual Kata), Raja Yangfo [Senior men (-60kg, individual Kumite)], Team Kata: Goda Asha, Mesom Singhi & Bamang Yamu;

Silver medalists: Kina Sipa (12-13-year girls, individual Kata), Yanung Gamnu [Cadet girls (-47kg, individual Kumite), Loder Tong [Jr boys (individual Kata)], Mojum Dodum [Men U21 (-60kg, individual Kumite), P. Nobin Jomoh (Senior men +84 kg individual Kumite and Men team Kumite) and

Bronze medalistsBamang Yamu [Women U21 (-61kg, individual Kumite), Raja Yangfo [Men U-21 (-60kg, individual Kumite), Goda Asha [Senior women (-50kg, individual Kumite), Johny Mangkhiya [Sr women (-68 kg, individual Kumite) & Women team Kumite), Mojum Dodum [Sr men (-60kg, individual Kumite)].

The team, led by coach Bulang Marik had represented India in the international event played at Durban, South Africa during November 29 to December 2.

AKA president Shenshai Lika Tara, technical director Deven Sharma, vice presidents Marli Ete & Yarda Niki and treasurer Tai Hipik, JWS chairman Pitam Jamoh and former AAPSU leader Lota Singhi with dozens of family members welcomed them for winning glory for the country.

Responding to question, Tara said, “There could not be more glorious movement than this as our karateka won 16 medals (gold-4, silver-6 & bronze-6) against India’s total 59 medals (gold-18, silver-17 & bronze-24). The greatest achievement is national record created by Asha, Singhi and Yamu by winning gold in team kata.

“I have been promoting karate and continue to do so being the Indian Karate-Do Federation vice president. This is the beginning and good days are waiting to embrace our talented karateks in future too,” he said with confidence”.

Asked if the GoAP sports policy has been beneficial, he nodded with conformity, saying the job reservation policy for sports medal winners has been encouraging state players to practice with commitment eying at regional, national and global medals. This policy has been a morale booster for them, Tara added.

Marik said, “There was no problem during to and fro journey except some karatekas forgot to take no objection certificates from schools & parents, which being mandatory. That was a minor problem during immigration, but the officers after knowing that the team would represent India gave the clearance.

“However, we returned proud with each one winning a medal to win laurel for the nation. While Assam won 8 medals (gold-3, silver-3 & bronze-2) and Manipur won two medals (1 each gold and bronze), but our karatekas returned bagful. I am extremely happy and proud as of the total 26 medals won by NE karatekas, Arunachal has won 16,” he said with satisfaction lit large over his face.

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