GANGTOK, 14 April:
Sikkim Association of Kickboxing Organisations (SAKO) team returned home with 11 medals for the state from the 16th Junior and 17th Senior National Kickboxing Championship that was recently held at Angul Stadium in Orissa from 07 to 10 April.
The state team has bagged eight medals in junior national and three medals in senior national. Passang Putit, Deeki Palmu, Mandira Karki, Lhamit Lepcha and Shezey Lepcha bagged gold medals in junior catgory, while Phur Chuki Lepcha and Joshan Lepcha won silver medals and Lakden Lepcha won bronze medal in junior national. In senior national, Susmita Rai and Bimla Tamang bagged gold medals and Dojree Pintso Lepcha won a bronze medal for the state. The 14-member SAKO team was led by Navin Rai as the coach and Tempa Gyatso Lepcha as manager during the championship.
In a function, the Additional Director, Sports and Youth Affairs Department, RK Rai, handed over the medals and certificates to the state team members at Paljor Stadium on 13th April. While congratulating the state team, Mr Rai mentioned that to win medals in such prestigious chamspionships for Sikkim is a great matter of pride for the whole state. He mentioned that these medals are the fruits of dedication, sacrifice and sincere efforts of the players and their coaches.
Mr Rai encouraged the players and SAKO to continue with their sincere efforts and training to build on their good performance. SAKO general secretary, BB Subba, who is also the chief technical director, mentioned that the state has done much better than expectation with such small contingent by giving a good fight to their opponent. He mentioned that the performance is much improvement than last year as the state had won just one medal in the last edition of the championship but this time 11 medals by 14-member team.
(Courtesy: Sikkim Mail)