Four young karate players from Meghalaya are all set to star in the coveted “Thailand Open Karate-Do Championship” in Phuket starting August 19.
According to the All Meghalaya Karate-Do Association (AMKA), these four players – Ferdinand S Rani, Gregorwilson Makdoh, Saralin Rynghang and Damanbha Pde, have already won medals in state, regional and national tournaments.
They will leave for New Delhi on August 18, where they will join the rest of the Indian contingent; then departure for Thailand on August 19.
Kumite (fighting) and kata (demonstration of form and movement) will then begin on August 20, with the tournament due to end on August 23.
In May 2022, Pde had won a silver medal and Rynghang a bronze medal at the All India Karate Championship in Chhattisgarh.
Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, Makdoh and Rani had respectively won gold and bronze medals at the Kanninjuku National Shoto Cup National Karate Championship in Maharashtra.
According to AMKA President – Hunlang Lytan, “The association wants to give international visibility to our young karate players, as they were unable to compete for the two years.”
“These young players have participated in national competitions, but there are significant differences between these and international events,” he added while expressing his gratitude to the parents for supporting the youngsters on their journey.