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Keonjhar kickboxers shine in national championship



Five young kickboxers brought laurels for Keonjhar district by winning four medals, including one gold, in the just concluded Wako India Seniors and Masters National Kickboxing Championship in Chennai, Tamil Nadu.

Sponsored by JSW Foundation, kickboxers Ashish Rout, Jaspreet Singh and Budhuram Munda, won one gold and three bronze medals in the Championship held at Nehru Stadium in Chennai August 18 to 22.

The kickboxers from Keonjhar, under the guidance of Manjit Singh, competed with the best talents from across the country in various categories, aiming to grab as many medals as possible. Their talents and hard work paid off when Ashish Rout bagged a gold medal in the championship showing his skill against the opponents. On the other hand, Jaspreet Singh clinched a double bronze medal in the competition, while Budhuram Munda was satisfied with one bronze. Pawandeep Singh and Harihara Barik went to the quarterfinal level.

Sharing his achievement, Ashish said, “I express my gratitude to my coach and JSW for enormous support. The competition was tough but I made my way through.”

The coach Manjit Singh, head coach of WAKO Odisha and general secretary of Sports Kickboxing Association of Keonjhar district, expressed his satisfaction over their performance.

“It is indeed a proud moment for me and the Sports Kickboxing Association of Keonjhar district to see five talented kickboxers represent the district in the national events.”

Manjit expressed his gratitude to JSW for the sponsorship support. He was confident enough that the kickboxers would bring laurels to the state if the support continues.

Congratulating the kickboxers on their success, JSW authorities advised them to hone their talents and reach to greater heights.

Around 1150 kickboxers from 26 states participated in the championship. As many as 40 participants were from Odisha including 5 from Keonjhar district. Odisha clinched 31 medals in the championship.

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