ITANAGAR, The Arunachal Pradesh Amateur Karate-Do Association (APAKA) has organised the 1st ever state level karate championship in the state capital with participation of more than 250 karatekas across the state.
Inaugurating the championship, Sports Authority of Arunachal (SAA) Chairman Byabang Taj said that it is a happy moment that several organizations are organizing state level tournament/ championship which gives an opportunity for the participants to showcase their talent and ability. The youths of our state and North East region have a vast potential ability and talent but need special guidance/training and accordingly infrastructure. He said.
The state government is also giving priority to the sports sector and several sports stadiums and other infrastructure in progress and hope all are completed soon and the infrastructure is better utilized for promotion of games and sports in the state. Taj said.
There has been some misunderstanding among a few organizations especially in Karate and it would be resolved soon.
There are 62 sports organizations/associations affiliated with the Sports Association of Arunachal and we are asking all of them to carry forward their activities so that the best of the best discipline sports organization is given support by the government who is able to take part in international level and to the Olympic games. Our state government is also insisting that players from our state also take part in the coming Olympics and we are working on it. Taj said.
He emphasizes proper coordination and communication between the sports organisation and sports department and SAA. The SAA is for promotion of games and sport in the state and urged upon all organizations to carry proper coordination and communication for better promotion of sports in the state. Taj said.
SAA organize consultative meeting every after six month and urged upon all the registered sports organisation to maintain proper system and send proper list of participants taking part in national, international level and other information to the authority for proper records so that what had happened earlier need not repeated again referring to recent case of appointment under sports quota. Taj added.
Karate has been graded at A on the performances and appeals to all the karatekas to remain united and play for state and country and bring laurels.
Itanagar Municipal Corporation (IMC) Deputy Mayor Biri Basang motivated the players to play in team spirit and maintain discipline.
Karate India Organisation (KIO) Treasurer Shihan Matum Bankim Singh briefly highlighted various issues of karate in the country and appealed to the state government to resolve the issue of Karate organisation in the state soon so that the most popular karate games get full support from all corners. Referring such problems are with several states and most of them are almost resolved. He added.
SAA Legal Advisor Puto Bui, APAKA President Yarda Niki, Organising Chairman Shihan Rakom Dugi, Organising Secretary John Bagang among others also address the inaugural ceremony.
More than 250 participants from 13 districts are taking part, the karatakas will take part in various categories which include sub junior, cadet junior, under 21 and senior for both male and female. Forty two officials are taking part which include a judge and others.