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KOHIMA, Aug 20: Kohima District emerged as the Champions with 23 gold, 12 silver and 9 bronze medals followed by Dimapur district with 11 gold, 11 silver and 11 bronze medals during the 29th Nagaland State Taekwondo Championship which started on 18th August, 2016 at the Indira Gandhi Stadium, Kohima. The two-day tournament was organized by the Nagaland Taekwondo Association.
Chief Guest for the closing function, Director, Department of Youth Resources & Sports, Asangla Imti gave away the cash prizes along with citations to the winners and runners-up. Theja Keretsu, black belt 5th Dan and Moon T, black belt 4th Dan were also awarded with cash and citations for getting the belt graduation certificates from Kukiwon, South Korea on the 14th of April, 2016.
Stressing on the discipline of Taekwondo and social responsibility, Asangla said that Nagas are good at ‘contact sports’ and further urged the state level sports associations in Nagaland to nurture the young kids for a better future through hardwork and discipline involved in those sports.
She urged the players and the associations to work together hand in hand and to strive more in the field so as to grow and make Nagaland a Taekwondo State in India.
Meanwhile, the Director informed that the 34th National Sub- Junior Championship would be held in Nagaland in the month of November by the NTA in collaboration with the YR&S Department.
Competitors from 8 districts excluding Wokha, Zunheboto and Longleng districts participated in the tournament. A total of 215 players; 150 boys and 65 girls, participated in the tournament which included Naga Taekwondo players who had won medals at the National level.
It may also be mentioned that naga taekwondo players were placed at the highest among the cash award winners at the recently held Cash Award Distribution organized by the YR&S Department on August 9.
The selected players from all the categories will be representing the state at the National level. The National Junior Championship will be held in the month of September at Punjab, and the National Senior Championship will be held in the month of October in Goa.
In the 34th National Sub-Junior Championship level, the Sub- Junior (Under 12) will have 8 categories, Cadet (Under 14) will have 10 categories, Junior (Below 17) will have 10 categories and the Senior (Above 17) will have 8 categories.