Jamshedpur, July 21: Practise the chops, kicks and stances properly and you could don that Jharkhand jersey in the upcoming national karate meet.
Opportunity knocks the doors of state karatekas, who dream to represent the state. To qualify for the 35th National Games in Kerala later this year, players will have to show their skill in the senior national championship. The preliminary tourney will be held in New Delhi from August 18 to 20.
Jharkhand State Karate-Do Association will conduct selection trials on July 22 to pick the state men and women’s outfit for the nationals. As many as 14 players will be selected for the championship.
“We have booked the New Badminton Hall near JRD Tata Sports Complex for the trials. Over 50 men and women from all districts are expected to attend it,” said outfit general secretary Shihan L. Nageshwar Rao.
“The players will have to bring home gold medals to secure their seat for the big fight,” said Rao, a Black Belt (DAN 6) who recently underwent martial arts training in Japan.
Rao is confident that Jharkhand will make a mark in the nationals. “At least three to four karatekas have the potential of winning gold medals,” added the general secretary.
He, however, refused to name the players.