Arunachalee karatekas inked history for India: Dr Chai

*Golden era for Arunachal: Salu

‘Proud moment for state NSKFI’

Terming the achievement historic for India, Arunachal branch National Shoto-Kan Karate Federation of India (NSKFI) president Shihan Tai Hipik, said, “It is a very proud moment for state NSKFI as our players have achieved tremendous success in global event.

“Singhi, Asha and Yamu became senior female team kata champion, Raja Yangfo (Sr.-60 kg kumite) won gold medal and N P Nobin Jomoh won 2 silver medal in +84 kg. senior individual and team kumite,” he said in a release.

“Our senior players also with their clean sweep performance in maiden National Level North East Olympic games at Imphal last month had won 9 out of 10 gold and one bronze medals, he said, and congratulate the karatekas for their awe-inspiring achievement.

However, he attributed the success to dynamic Shihan Tara, also NESKFI & AKA president and NSKFI technical director Shihan Sharma for steering the players for such achievements.

By A O News Service

ITANAGAR, Dec 06: Sports & Youth Affairs (S&YA) Minister Dr Mohesh Chai here on Monday congratulated and felicitated 13-member Arunachal karateka team for winning 16 medals against India’s total 59 medals in global event, particularly three Arunchalee girls for inking history by winning gold in team kata for the first time for India.

The team, led by coach Bulang Marik, had represented India in 9th Common Wealth Championship at Durban in South Africa during November 29 to December 2 last, and returned home to a heart touching reception by families and Arunachal Karate-Do Association (AKA) team led by president  Shihan Lika Tara on late Wednesday evening.

The team led by Tara, technical director Deven Sharma, vice presidents Marli Ete & Yarda Niki, treasurer Tai Hipik and media consultant Pradeep Kumar called on Dr Chai to apprise him of the spectacular achievement.

“I feel proud not only as sports minister but as an Arunachalee for our talented children have turned the past  dream of winning global medals into a reality by their sheer perseverance for which they deserve special credit along with the capable AKA team. I congratulate you all on behalf of the state people, state Govt and Chief Minister Pema Khandu and on my behalf,” he said with a bright face.

“There was time when Arunachal used to hire players to take part in North East event to sometime win a medal but used to dream of winning national and global medals because of hidden talents in various sports branches. But present feat has proved that our children kisi se kum nehi,” he said without mincing any words. However, I wish that your example would not only inspire others but wish to see the tri-colour fly to the tune of national anthem during next Asian Games and Olympics,” he said to the thunderous applause of the gathering.

Assuring that they would be awarded by the state Govt as per sports policy, he sought their feedbacks for incorporating in the policy to give new thrust to sports sector.

Terming the achievement as golden era for Arunachal, S&YA secretary Dani Salu and the players attributed it to commitment of AKA, particularly the players who have not only removed metal blockade of winning sports medal but also inspired  state youth to dream for success.

Appreciating AKA for its support as a best platform, he said that the state Govt due resource crunch has failed to extend all possible supports. However, players since 2014 have been excelling for which Sports Authority of Arunachal Pradesh (SAAP) has been extending support he added.

SAAP chairman Bamang Tago lauded the karatekas for making India proud while Kumar said the state’s sports scenario has been witnessing sea change since Dr Chai and Salu took charge.

Marik gave details of achievement by tough fight by state karatekas except one karateka Lipin Ete could not win medal due to partial judgement.

Praises were heaped on Tara, Karate Association of India  vice president-cum-National Shoto-Kan Karate Federation of India president and its state branch president Hipik for creating the present milestone.

Team kata winners with Minister Dr Chai

Medal winning karatekas are – 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 (-68kg, individual Kumite) & Women team Kumite), Mojum Dodum [Sr men (-60kg, individual Kumite)].

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