Ranchi: Jharkhand maintained their top position claiming 22 gold, 30 silver and 49 bronze medals on the second day and final day of the All India Open Invitational Karate Championship on Monday. The championship is being hosted Sikokai Karate Do International Jharkhand and under the auspices of Sikokai Karate Do International India.
With five gold, eight silver and eight bronze medals, Odisha bagged the second spot. Bengal and Madhya Pradesh finished third and fourth respectively.
Chief Guest of the closing ceremony, former deputy mayor Ajay Nath Shahdev and special guest, general secretary of Karate India Organisation, Shihan Sanjeev Jangra gave away the prizes.
Encouraging the players, chief guest Ajay Nath Shahdev said that this type of event boosts the morale of the players of the state. It also helps them prepare and play in bigger level competitions.
The state representative of the championship, Princy Sunil Kispotta said that hosting such an event in Jharkhand is a big deal. This will give an opportunity to the players of the state to move forward. He said that the successful players of this championship will get an opportunity to participate in the International Karate Championship to be held in Delhi on June 17 and 18.
Shihan Ranjit Kesari, Sanjay Prasad, Pankaj Kumar Singh, Rajan Sonkar, Sadhan Chandra Lohra, Mohammad Islam, Sanjay Mishra, Jayant Karmakar, Vishwajeet Barik, Shrikant Barik, Kabuli Patnaik Sushant Barik, Anil Kispotta Mohini, Ritika Toppo and Rakesh Tirkey played an important role in the successful conduct of the championship.
Jharkhand gold medal winners : Mayank Kumar Das, Shivam Kumar Gupta, Joshina Tubid, Roshni Oraon, Deepshikha Tigga, Rimjhim Agarwal, Anshu Mishra, Arik Anmol Tudu, Saini Simona Toppo, Pari Kumari, Aryaman Jain, Laxmi Kumari, Aman Tu, Adrika Banerjee, Akshaj Jaiswal, Himanshu Lakda, Supriya Kumari, Samiksha Gupta, Naina Kumari Gupta, Sonali Kumari, Sandeep Kumar Paswan, and Ayushi Gupta.