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Seven cheers for state kickboxing

Jharkhand’s fists and feet flew at Senior and Sub-junior National Kickboxing Championship held in Pune, Maharashtra, between February 12 and 16, as youngsters got home seven medals, including two gold.

Touted as the state’s best performance yet in the martial combat sport, which combines kicks and punches, Jharkhand boys and girls bagged two golds, four silvers and a bronze.

Jamshedpur boy Hamdan Khan claimed gold in the senior boys’ 91-plus kg section. Ranchi’s Ravi Kumar got another gold in the senior boys’ 56 kg category.

Chatra boy Mukesh Kumar in the senior boys’ 48 kg section and Ranchi girl Indu Munda in the girls’ 65 kg category each won silver. Suman Surbhi Oraon (sub-junior girls, 35kg) and Rohit Kumar (sub-junior boys, 45kg), both from Chatra, won silvers in their respective weight categories. Chatra’s Mahesh Munda bagged 48kg bronze in sub-junior boys, making his the fourth kickboxing medal from the district.

When The Telegraph met Jamshedpur resident Khan to know how the 17-year-old bagged gold in senior nationals, the Govind Vidyalaya student and Mango Azad Bustee resident gave all the credit to his school and coach.

The youngster hones his skills under Kickboxing Association of Jharkhand secretary Gokulanand Mishra at the CRPF grounds in Telco.

Coach Mishra, also sports teacher at Govind Vidyalaya, lauded his ward. “He’s hardworking and disciplined. I also compliment all state kickboxers who won medals,” he said.

Managing director of Govind Vidyalaya B.D. Sharma, principal Sunita Sinha, proctor Swati Nath, vice-principals Krishna Modak and Molly Majumdar congratulated the teenager.

Last year in July, Khan had also bagged the 100-plus kg wushu silver in an international competition in Singapore.

But now, the youngster is gearing up for another test — CBSE X boards on March 8.


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