Trilok Subba with the gold medals he won. Picture by Chinlop Fudong Lepcha
Kalimpong, Jan. 28: A Taekwondo expert from here has won three gold medals at the National Senior Poomsae Taekwondo Championship for medallists held in Bhopal last week.
Trilok Subba, 45, is the chief coach of the Sikkim Taekwondo Association (STA) and won the medals in individual, pair and team categories at the event.
“I am very pleased to have won three gold medals in the championship with the help of my team mates,” he said.
The championship was organised by the Taekwondo Federation of India for medallists. Subba won the highest number of medals in the championship in Bhopal which was organised from January 22 to 24.
His team included his STA team-mates Sabitri Pradhan in the pair category and Rajen Subba and Amit Pradhan in the team event.
Poomsae in taekwondo is a demonstration event, which does not involve sparring. Participants are judged on the basis of their moves.
The martial artiste from Kalimpong has many feathers in his cap, both as a player and as a coach. He has won five gold medals, two silver and two bronze medals in international meets.
In national meets, he has won six gold, seven silver and two bronze medals.
Subba has also trained several international and national medallists from Sikkim and Kalimpong, including Rupen Pradhan, Meera Chhetri, Robin Rai and Ugen Gurung.
His student Ugen received a scholarship to study taekwondo at a university in South Korea, where this martial art originated.
Subba took to taekwondo in 1981 and has been pursuing the sport without a break since then.
“In all these years, I think I have been able to achieve 75 per cent of what I set out to do, which is to popularise my sport in our region. I am happy to see so many youngsters taking to different forms of martial arts,” he said.
Subba conducts coaching classes in Sikkim and Kalimpong. Samten Kabo, a black belt in martial arts and an ex-footballer, said what was impressive about Subba is his passion for taekwondo.
“From the very beginning, he has been very dedicated and disciplined. He devotes more time to the sport than others. He is doing good work in spreading taekwondo in the region,” he said.