The Jharkhand karate team won the 37th National Karate Championship, which took place from October 28 to November 2, 2023, at the Manohar Parrikar Indoor Stadium in Madgaon, Goa, in an incredible display of skill and willpower.
Important Points to Note:
Outstanding Medal Total: With 11 gold, 10 silver, and 12 bronze medals won in a variety of categories, the Jharkhand team achieved an outstanding medal total. There was intense competition for the championship, with over 1,000 players from 32 states and union territories competing.
Leadership and Recognition: The Jharkhand team’s exceptional performance was honoured at a felicitation ceremony hosted by the Jharkhand Karate Association (JKA) at the JRD Tata Sports Complex in Jamshedpur. The team was led by Coach Rajesh Kumar and Manager Rajesh Kumar Singh.
Ramesh Prasad Singh, the president of JKA, acknowledged and expressed gratitude to the players and coaches for their achievements in bringing honours to the state. He was appreciative of the constant support from the Jharkhand Olympic Association (JOA) and the Jharkhand State Sports Promotion Society (JSSPS).
Winners of Medals:
Anshu Kumari, Anushka Kumari, Arpita Kumari, Ayush Kumar, Deepak Kumar, Kajal Kumari, Nisha Kumari, Pooja Kumari, Rajesh Kumar, and Vikas Kumar are the gold medalists.
Aman Kumar, Ankit Kumar, Anurag Kumar, Ashish Kumar, Divya Kumari, Neha Kumari, Priya Kumari, Ravi Kumar, Shubham Kumar, and Sonali Kumari are the athletes who won silver medals.
Arun Kumar, Kunal Kumar, Nidhi Kumari, Pankaj Kumar, Prakash Kumar, Roshni Kumari, Akash Kumar, Amit Kumar, Anjana Kumari, Ankit Kumar, Anshika Kumari, and Abhishek Kumar are the bronze medalists.
The Jharkhand team will now compete in the 11th Commonwealth Karate Championship, which is slated to take place in Delhi from December 7 to 10, 2023. This is the team’s next challenge. In order to win more honours for the state and the country, JKA Secretary Rajesh Kumar Singh declared plans for an intense training camp while also expressing confidence in the team’s abilities.
Request for Support: Singh made a financial assistance request to the state government and the corporate sector, citing the difficulties faced by karate players as a result of insufficient equipment and infrastructure. This would ensure that the athletes have the support they require to succeed internationally.