GANGTOK, July 23
Sikkim kick-boxers returned back home with 11 medals for the State with their outstanding and impressive performance in the recently held WAKO India Senior National Kickboxing Championship 2019 held from 18 to 21 July at Rothak, Haryana. Sikkim won 5 gold medals, 4 silver medals and 2 bronze medals in the championship. More interestingly all gold medallists of the State have also been qualified to represent the country in the upcoming WAKO World Kickboxing Championship to be held in November this year at Turkey and Bosnia.
A nine-member Sikkim Association of Kickboxing Organisations [SAKO] had represented Sikkim in this prestigious national championship. The team was led by international kick-boxer, Phurba Sherpa team coach-cum-player.
Phurba Sherpa won gold medal in 52 kg weight category, Srijana Chettri won gold medal in K1 52 kg weight category, Phur Khandu Sherpa won two gold medals in 55 kg weight category in light contact and kick light, Mandira Karki won one gold medal in point fight and a silver medal in musical form, Vivek Rai won a silver medal in K1 60 kg weight category, Phur Deeki Sherpa won a silver medal and a bronze medal in 50 kg weight category in light contact and kick light, Mukesh Chettri won a silver medal in 57 weight category in light contact and Pawan Subba won a bronze medal in 63 weight category in point fight.
For their outstanding performance in the championship, Sikkim Association of Kickboxing Organisations has felicitated the state team members here at Paljor Stadium on Tuesday afternoon. Sikkim Olympic Association president, BK Roka was present as the chief guest of the felicitation ceremony, who congratulated the team members for winning medals and laurels for the State and further extended his best wishes to all kick boxers for upcoming competitions.
On the occasion, SAKO chief technical director and general secretary, Bidhan Ballav Subba expressed his satisfaction and happiness on the performance of the state team members. He stated that the competition was really tough but Sikkim kick boxers gave better result than the expected. He stated that it was the result of the joint efforts of every individual of SAKO.