FlashBack December 1994

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Manipur dominates Tae-Kwon-do championships

Tae-kwon-do players of the All Manipur Tae-kwon–do Federation who represented Manipur in the second Rajiv Gandhi Invitational Tae–kwon–do Championship 1994 emerged as the team champions of the tournament. The championship organised by the Rajiv Gandhi Technical Committee under the sponsorship of the Universal Schools of Tae-kwon-do, New Delhi, was held at NSCA Indoor Stadium Shillong, Meghalaya, from October 27 to 29 last. The Manipur team, comprising of 21 boys and seven girls bagged twelve gold medals, three silver medals and ten bronze medals, a huge total of 25 medals.

Eight year old Miss Chingtham Sridevi’s winning of gold in the Ping Wui event and the award of Best Fighter to Miss Nanao Devi, have reaffirmed the fact that players from Manipur are still a step ahead of the players of other states in the field of games and sports, particularly in the North East. The Manipuri gold winners in the mini championship are T. Raju, Jaoykumar, Manisana, Umesh Surajkumar, Meghachandra and Romenjit, while Anita Jina, Sridevi and Nanao were the women champions.

Talking to this correspondent, the young Sridevei said, ‘There is nothing to fear the players of other states. If we try harder, we may win gold in all events.’ However, the cheerful and brave Sridevi added, “it is my first one.” She hopes for a better haul of golds in future tournaments. Sridevi is all the time looked after by Takhellambam Raju, who himself won a gold in the men’s event.