Meghalaya: State lad wins Gold in World Taekwondo championships, Proud moment for North East


TURA, Dec 20: In another proud moment for Garo Hills, now renowned martial artist,  Jarmin M Sangma, returned once again with another gold worth celebrating after winning in Taekwondo in his category (53 kgs) in the recently concluded 2nd World MAC Games held in New Delhi.

Jarmin had earlier won another international tournament in Nepal before beating domestic competition in Manipur in Muay Thai Bantam Weight category of the National Martial Arts Games and Festival held at Khunan Lampak Stadium in Manipur a few months ago. His win will come as a huge boost for opportunity starved Garo Hills where most sporting complexes house BSF or CRPF personnel.

The tournament was held at the Jamia Milia Islamia University Sports Complex from December 11 to 14 with Sangma seeing off competition from several fighters before winning gold. Jarmin defeated fighters from Afghanistan, Turkey, Nepal, Korea and Iran and was able to bag the Gold in the 53 Kg category. The final was decided after Jarmin knocked out his opponent from Iran in a very lop sided fight.

"I am very happy with the result and will continue the dedication for my sport to bring more laurels to Garo Hills and to India. We are hopeful of continuing to better our level and hope there is state support for our sport," said the gold medallist.

The Indian contingent won a host of medals in the completion overall with most representatives coming from the North East indicating the huge potential the region has in what is an Olympics level sport.

(TNT News)