South Asian School Games | Arunachalee twin first to represent India in B’desh

By A O News Service

NAHARLAGUN, July 08: Fourteen-year-old Anyee Sonam and her sister Anywa Sonam, twin daughters of Vijay Sonam and Bengia Mala Sonam, demonstrated their kumite (-55-kg) and kata skills respectively to receive kudos from Arunachal Karate-Do Association founder-president Likha Tara, vice president Satam Tachu Rughu,  general secretary Tai Hipik and joint secretary Dongda Tapi here on Monday.

This clearly justified as to why the twins, class-X students of Nirjuli Vivekananda Kendra Vidyalaya, have been selected to represent India in week-long South Asian School Games (SASG)-2024, being organized by South Asian School Sports Federation and hosted by Bangaldesh at capital Dhaka from July 10 next.

Though many state karatekas won medals in 67th All India School Games to qualify to take part in SASG, but required age is between 14 to 18 years. Thus, few due to age bar and few having no passports missed the chance, and both only qualified and hopefully will win medals. Tara said. Coach Doni Yangfo accompanying the duo expressed similar opinion.

When pointed out that Chief Minister Perma Khandu on July 4 at Tawang had announced road map of Mission Olympic 2028 and Mission Olympic 2032, under its ambitious 100-day action plan to scout and nurture talented athletes for the world’s biggest sporting event besides a new Youth Policy to tap and hone talents of youth in various fields, Tara said the CM knows what to do and when?

His Govt is the first to reimburse expenditures of all participants of all international events, said Kyoshi Tara, one of the four 8th rank holders of India, and called upon all sports bodies of the state to offer proper coaching to take part in regional, national and global championships to win medals. This would reciprocate the generosity of the state Govt by proving commitment to promote sports which offers numerous career opportunities, he reasoned.

Moreover, Haryana would host the fourth edition of Khelo India Youth Games after Tokyo Olympics and state team is ready but it would be difficult to guess now as to how many medals they would win, Tara added.

While talking to this daily, the karateka duo said that they have been practicing for last four years, at least two hours in morning and evening daily. Justifying the adage ‘good deeds never go unrewarded’, Anyee has won gold and bronze medals in national and North East level competitions while Anywa has secured medals – bronze in national and gold and silver North East level competitions so far.

When asked who support them, both quipped father, adding mother gives more stress on proper study for academic excellence.

They would leave on Tuesday by flight to Dhaka en-route Kolkata and return similarly after conclusion of the global event, Hipik said.

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