India Proud of Northeast: Karate Association of India (KAI)
Itanagar: India feels proud of North East region for always maintaining its top position status in national and international events to make its presence felt with a distinction, Karate Association of India (KAI) general secretary Ambedkar Gupta said here on Saturday.
India’s discipline-oriented karate culture is globally known, he said in his address to newly elected North East Karate Federation of India (NEKFI) office bearers led by president C Dosavunga and general secretary Bullang Marik here and exhorted them to maintain NE position in future too.
Arunachal Pradesh karate reflects divinity for all its actions which are unanimous and executed peacefully proving it as a spiritual land which is rare across the world, globetrotter Gupta said. He also lauded media for giving prominent coverage to spots and sought future support for promotion.
‘United we stand, divided we fall’ should be the moving spirit of all office bearers, KAI president Likha Tara said.
He cited the example of sports icon Hima Das who won global laurels to make North East presence felt across the world. He urged one and all to develop positive attitude for karate to take deep roots across the NE region.
“I have served as NEKFI president to contribute whatever possible without spending a pie,” he said, adding that unanimity alone could help karate to rise to its pinnacle.
Arunachal Olympic Association secretary general Abraham K Techi, who was an observer, said that NEKFI aims at helping each other to strengthen karate in NE. Manipur has immensely contributed to growth of sports in Arunachal Pradesh, he said while citing technical director S Deban Sharma of Manipur as an example for devoting his time since youth days to promote karate to win national and international laurels.
KAI is lucky to have karate pioneer Tara as its chief, he said and wished to see many more NE karatekas in national and global podiums.
Union MoS for Sports Kiran Rijiju, who is from this region, would be very helpful as he has been apprised of various shortcomings of the NE, particularly infrastructure deficits in all NE states, except Manipur and Assam.
Rijiju has assured that vice chancellor to NE’s first sports university set up in Manipur will be appointed soon where sportspersons from across the country will come for studies, he informed.