Tripura kickboxer Nishtha Chakraborty makes her state proud in the recent three-day 4th Asian Pencak Silat championship by bagging home a bronze medal. The international competition held in Srinagar, capital of the Jammu and Kashmir concluded on Wednesday.
The three-day 4th Asian Pencak Silat championship was held at the Sher-e-Kashmir indoor stadium at Srinagar with kickboxers from across the world participating in it. A total of 250 contestants and officials from ten countries took part in the tournament. The participating countries of the tournament included Singapore, Indonesia, Malayasia, Vietnam, Republic of Korea, Taiwan, Bangladesh, Nepal, Philippines and the host country India. Nishtha, representing her country India, won the bronze medal in the 70-75 kg women’s category.
The organizers of the tournament are the Indian Pencak Silat Federation in association with Jammu and Kashmir Sports Council. Union Ministry of Sports and Youth Affairs and Sports Authority of India sponsored the event.
The purpose behind the arrangement of this championship in Jammu and Kashmir is to encourage the youth in India and provide a proper platform to the youth of Valley in the field of sports. It was a firsthand experience for the Indian Pencak Silat Federation in collaboration with the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports, Government of India, Sports Authority of India and J&K State Sports Council.
Among the participating nations, the Vietnamese showed an outstanding performance by bagging 22 medals that included 12 golds, four silvers and six bronzes. Singapore followed Vietnam with the same number of medals, i.e., 22 of which 7 are golds. Indonesia secured the third spot with 17 medals.
As a whole, there were 24 events in the tournament. Of these 18 were fight competition and 6 were artistic or shadow fight competitions.