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Tryst with taekwondo

Over 32 teams from 24 states, services and other sports bodies will take part in the four-day 31st Junior National Taekwondo Championship, to kick off at the mega sports complex in Hotwar, Ranchi, from August 24.

The winners will get trophies named after the late Durga Soren, son of JMM chief Shibu Soren.

Durga, an avid fan of the Korean martial art form, died in 2009.

Jharkhand Taekwondo Association named the trophy after him last year when it organised an open national taekwondo championship with over 1,500 participants.

Impressed by the infrastructure facilities available at the mega sports complex in Ranchi, the national federation had asked the Jharkhand unit to host the national junior championship this year.

Land revenue minister Mathura Prasad Mahto, also a senior JMM leader, has been made the chief of the organising committee.

Speaking to mediapersons on Tuesday, he said: “Over 900 players from across the country are expected to take part in the tourney. Preparations are on in full swing. I will also ask the sports minister and chief minister to extend support.”

In another event, Mahto felicitated a tribal lyricist and three folk singers who sing in Khortha.

Lyricist Vinay Kumar Tiwari and singers Manoj Dehati, Gautam Kumar Mahto and Satish Das were felicitated by the minister in his office.

“Our party is committed to work for the preservation of indigenous culture and promote games and sports,” said the minister.

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