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India emerge karate champs

Jamshedpur, April 23: Host India garnered 41 points to emerge overall champions in the 5th International Goju Ryu Karate Do Championship, which concluded at New Badminton Indoor Stadium today.

Nepal managed 19 points to finish runners-up while defending champions, Bangladesh, cut a sorry figure at the third position.

Tata Steel vice-president Sanjiv Paul handed over the prizes to the winning outfit.

Senior JMM leader and former deputy chief minister Sudhir Mahto, former East Singhbhum deputy commissioner Nitin Madan Kulkarni, organising committee vice-president and secretary Maqsood Alam and Sensei L. Nageshwar Rao were present at the prize distribution ceremony.

Kulkarni was among three others, handed the honorary black belt diploma by Japanese Grandmaster Katsuyuki Fukatoshi (10th DAN). Kulkarni had undergone training under Rao during his tenure here as deputy commissioner.

India continued its medal-winning spree by making a clean sweep in the boys’ colour belt kumite and kata events in the 8-12, 13-15, 15-18, 19-21 and above 22 years age categories. S. Balaji won the top slot in the boys’ 8-12 black belt kumite section, edging out compatriots Anubhav Bera and Shaswat Bhattacharjee whereas Hirak Chaudhary bagged gold in the 8-12 colour kata category.

Others Indian karatekas who pocketed gold were Shahnewaz Hussain (19-21 black belt), Md Irfan (13-15 black belt), Pravin Kumar (above 22 black belt), Md Sahil (above 18 black belt) and Krish Nandy (15-18 colour belt). Sanwar Hussain won bronze in 18 colour belt.

The hosts also held complete sway in the boys’ colour belt 21-25kg, girls’ black belt 15 years and men’s black belt 56-60kg.

India also led in the girls’ black belt (15-18 years), junior girls’ kumite section and women’s black belt (51-57kg).

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