Players for NE India Karate Do Championship arrives in city

ITANAGAR, Dec 16: Around 500 players and officials from eight North-Eastern states and teams from the Services, the Darjeeling Gorkha Hills Council, and the Arunachal Pradesh Police Sports Control Board have arrived in the city for the 5th North-East India Karate Do Championship.
In absence of a permanent infrastructure to conduct such events in the state, a huge temporary steel infrastructure has been erected at a cost of around Rs 20 lakh at the Nyokum Lapang ground here, said Organizing Committee Chairman Likha Tara.
It is pertinent to mention here that a similar steel structure, costing several lakhs of rupees, had been built to conduct the 32nd National Junior Boys & Girls Taekwondo Championship in 2012 in Naharlagun.
“Accommodation for the participants has been arranged at various hotels in the Capital Complex, besides at the Bharat Scouts and Guides Hostel in Naharlagun,” Tara said.
Meanwhile, the judges’ and referees’ seminar and examination was conducted at Naharlagun by the Karate Association of India Referee Commission member Rajnesh Choudhary this morning.
Chief Minister Pema Khandu will attend the inaugural function on Sunday morning and declare the championship open.
Arunachal Pradesh is currently ranked third in the national karate ranking and is expected to make a rich harvest of medals in the championship.