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Friday , January 22 , 2016

Onler recalls soccer days in Shillong

K. Onler Kom in Shillong on Wednesday. Telegraph picture

Shillong, Jan. 21: K. Onler Kom, the husband of Olympic bronze medal-winning pugilist M.C. Mary Kom, has a special connection with Shillong.

Speaking on the sidelines of a boxing event in which his wife is taking part, Onler said he used to work for the customs and central excise department here in the mid-nineties and played football.

He is on his first visit to Shillong in 15 years and remarked on the myriad changes that the city has undergone since then.

"I have some very happy memories of my time in Shillong," Onler said after Mary Kom's successful second round bout at the boxing trial event at the SAI Indoor Stadium that is doubling as selection trials for next month's 12th South Asian Games, 2016.

"Back then, things were very different. Ar-Hima (the forerunner of Rangdajied United) and Langsning were the big clubs. We used to think that Fire Brigade ground was very big, but now you have JN Stadium and many other facilities here," he added.

Onler worked and played football with Biru Thapa, who later wore Shillong Lajong FC colours before moving into the club's administration. They are still in touch.

Onler also sometimes helps Shillong schools which travel to Assam for various events, keeping alive his link with the pine city.

U-19 cricket: Biswanath Chariali tallied three points by virtue of first innings lead against Dhemaji at Biswanath Chariali while Dibrugarh tallied full six points by calling the toss of a coin correctly after the first innings of their match against Sivasagar remained incomplete in two matches of the J.K. Baruah Trophy Under-19 Inter-District Cricket Tournament at Tinsukia today, reports our Guwahati correspondent.

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