Open Karate Championship begins

Speaking after inaugurating the Championship, Palemar said that sports and games are not being promoted properly in rural areas. Most of the events are limited to urban areas, he said adding that proper encouragement should be given to promote sports, games and martial arts in rural areas too.

Delivering the presidential address, Mangalore City Corporation (MCC) Mayor M Shanker Bhat said that the MCC will extend financial aid for the Karate Championship. A decision in this effect will be taken at the next council meeting, Bhat said adding that MCC has provision to release a maximum of Rs 1 lakh for the karate championship.
Mangalore South MLA N Yogish Bhat, Mangalore Special Economic Zone Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer A G Pai, United Rubber Industries chairman Pade Ajit Rai, AJ Hospital and Research Centre chairman A J Shetty, DKKF President A Sadananda Shetty, General Secretary K Lakshmikanth and Karate Grand Master Narasimha were present.
A total of 24 teams comprising about 1,200 contestants from 7 states in the nation are participating in different categories. The closing ceremony of the championship will be held on Sunday at 6 pm.


K P Kavya, Anish Monteiro and Cushul D’Souza won the first, second and third places respectively in the 20-25 kg category for girls on the first day of the championship. While Nivitha won the first place in 25-30 category for girls, Rithika B Shetty and Nirmala Priya Vyas bagged second and third place respectively. In the 30-35 kg girls category, Samitha from Kateel in the district won the first place, while Divya from Kundapur and Sharanya from Kavoor bagged second and third prizes respectively. While V Veena won the first place in the 35 - 40 kg category, Suraksha Shetty and Easter M Monteiro secured second and third places respectively.  Singirani Lakra won the first place in the 40-45 kg category for girls, while Jovita Kotiyan bagged second place and Parvathi Pai secured third place. In the 45-50 kg category for girls Joylen Lobo won the first place, while Vijetha Shetty of Kateel and Rakshitha Shetty won second and third places respectively. Tripthi Kotiya bagged first place in the 50-55 category for girls, while Shukladas and Raksha A Shetty won second and third places respectively. Meanwhile R Bhumika won the first place in the above 60 category for girls, while Pragathi P Kelkar and Harshitha Raja won first and second places respectively.     

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