From Our Correspondent
SHILLONG, April 8: The Meghalaya Association of Kickboxing Associations (MAKO) on Saturday made an appeal to the sports lovers of the state to sponsor three of its players who will represent the country in the WAKO Asia Kick-Boxing Championship, 2016-17 to be held from April 24 to 30 in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan.
It may be mentioned that three youths of the state, Pynshai Mawrie, Lamphrang Kharsohnoh and Pynnehnor Mylliemngap will represent the country in these championship.
It may be mentioned that Mylliemngap and Kharsohnoh brought laurels to the country by winning gold medals in their respective events in Sri Lanka last year.
Donny Ranee, president of MAKO expressed his concern over the ibility of the state government to lend support to non-olympic sports.
“MAKO is not recognised by the government. It cannot grant funds. It dotes only Rs 60, 000 to Rs 70, 000 annually to organise competitions,” Ranee told mediapersons.
He also informed that the participants will require a minimum of Rs 1 lakh each to meet their expenses at the competition even as they have to travel on their own without their coach or technical support.
Meanwhile, Laban-Mawprem, MDC Ricky Shullai has lend his support to the trio even to help them get sponsorship even as he informed that the Khasi Hills Autonomous Distrct Council too has agreed to render support to the three players.
On April 11, Shullai will facilitate a meeting between the three players and KHADC, Chief Executive Member, Pynshngain N Syiem.