| Participants in action at TRP indoor stadium in Guwahati on Sunday. Picture by UB Photos |
Guwahati, Sept. 29: Assam bagged an impressive haul of 44 medals to emerge champions in the 37th National Armsport Championship that concluded at Deshbhakta Tarun Ram Phookan Indoor Stadium here this evening.
The hosts secured 17 gold, 14 silver and 13 bronze medals.
Arup Rajkonwar named champion of champions after he defeated teammate Pranjit Saikia in the junior boys’ category while Amrita Orang of Assam lost to Niharika Chauhan of Uttar Pradesh in the junior girls’ category.
Earlier, in the duels between the heavyweights, Debajit Sarma clinched gold in the below-105kg senior men’s category while Pranjit Saikia secured gold in the 78kg senior men’s category.
Bibek Bora, Pranjit Saikia and Arup Rajkonwar clinched gold in the 70, 78 and 86kg junior boys’ categories respectively. In the senior women’s group, Luna Kalita, Champa Bora, Ranjana Medhi and Chetna Sarma bagged the top positions in their respective weight categories. The championship was held amid turmoil regarding claims of the championship being barred by a Calcutta court verdict. “We wouldn’t have gone ahead with this championship if we would have received any kind of court communication. The person who went on supplying the court papers didn’t reach us,” said Kailash Sarma, the president, Assam Arm Sport Association (AASA), told reporters today.
AASA also released a letter from the World Armsport Federation, where the governing body stated to have denied any connection with the World Armwrestling Federation and any of its affiliated units.
“The government has asked all the multiple sport governing bodies to come under a banner if they want recognition. So I would like to ask them to come and join us for the uplift of the sport,” added Sarma.