NIRJULI, Oct 29: Sports Authority of India (SAI)’s Special Area Game (SAG) Centre, Naharlagun won the overall championship title in the 22nd State Level (Junior, Cadet, Sub Junior and U-21) Karate Championship 2017, which concluded at Nyikum Niya Hall, Nirjuli on Saturday.
Upper Subansiri team was declared runners up.
In total, 604 karatekes from 17 districts and SAI SAG Center, Sangay Lhaden Sports Academy, Chimpu participated in the championship. Of the total participants, 384 were boys and 220 girls.
Sports Authority of Arunachal Chairman Bamang Tago, who attended the closing ceremony, was highly impressed by the performance of the karate players and the disciplined maintained by them.
“By seeing the performance of the karatekas, I am convinced that sports in the state have reached the international standard,” Tago said.
He advised the players to learn from defeat for better performance in future, stating that winning and losing is part and parcel of any game.
Arunachal Karate Do Association President Shihan Likha Tara asked the players not to get complacent with state level events.
“You must work harder to get a chance in national or international championship”, Tara, who also is the Vice President of Karate Association India, said.
All AKA officials, coaches and instructors and senior players were present.
The two-day championship was organized by All Papum Pare District Karate Do Association under the aegis of Arunachal Karate Do Association.
Technical officials (44), including district presidents and secretaries were also present during the opening and closing ceremony.