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Martial artistes tighten belts

Guwahati, April 1: Over 500 participants from 35 states will battle for top honours in the 5th junior and senior (boys and girls’) national taekwondo poomsae championship that gets under way at Deshbhakta Tarun Ram Phookan Indoor Stadium here on April 6 and 7.

The All Assam Taekwondo Association is organising the meet. “We have formed an organising committee with sports minister Ajit Singh as chairman for smooth conduct of the meet. We expect about 500 participants to compete,” Debajit Hazarika, vice-president of the association, said today. “The boys will be put up at the Sarusajai youth hostel and the girls at the Tarun Ram Phookan complex. Hotel arrangements have been made for 40 technical persons who will officiate at the meet,” the general secretary of the association, Raj Kakati said, adding, “There would be five events each, in the senior and junior categories.”

Lauding chief minister Tarun Gogoi for rewarding the triumphant state sub-junior team with laptops, sports minister Ajit Singh, also AATA president, said, “This move will motivate other sportsmen. As regards poomsae, I am happy that the state is hosting this meet for the third time. I spoken to Union sports minister Ajay Maken last week about the potential of the athletes and that poomsae be developed and included in the special area games scheme.”

Former president of the association Dhruba Hazarika said, “The athletes will be judged upon their ability to keep a thin gap of just a centimetre. So things will be difficult.”

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