Four exceptional karate players from Arunachal Pradesh are gearing up to represent India at the 7th South Asian Karate Championship & Cadet, Junior, under 21, and Senior categories in Kathmandu, Nepal.
These athletes, who recently secured gold at the KIO National and KIO Zonal Karate Championships in New Delhi, have earned their spots on the international stage.
The selected team boasts remarkable talent, including Mr. Machi Liyak, dominating in the Cadet -45kg/Individual Kumite category (Male), Mr. Pala Dodum showcasing prowess in Under 21 -67kg/Individual Kumite (Male), Mr. Khyoda Talik exhibiting skill in Junior/Individual Kata (Male), and Miss Lipin Ete displaying finesse in Junior/Individual Kata (Female). Dr. Marli Ete, a seasoned figure in the karate community, will guide and coach these promising athletes.
Today, at the APAKA office, the team received a briefing from executive members. President Kyoshi Yarda Niki conveyed his best wishes, urging the players to bring laurels not only to Arunachal Pradesh but to the entire nation.
General Secretary Shihan John Bagang emphasized the importance of discipline, while Shihan Rakom Dugi, Treasurer of APAKA, provided insights into the technicalities of the championship. Arunachal Olympic Association Treasurer Kyoshi Bulang Marik shared valuable referee experiences with the selected players, adding to the comprehensive preparation for the upcoming challenge. The APAKA Executive members present included Sensei Boken Tatu, Joint Secretary HQ, and Sensei Kampu Sono Rebe, General Secretary of East Kameng Amateur Karate-Do Association.