Mysuru, February 5:- Karate Association of India, the National Federation for Sports Karate in India, which is recognised by Indian Olympic Association, organised Cadet, Junior and Under-21 National Karate Championships at JJ Indoor Stadium at Kilpauk in Chennai recently.
Around 600 Karatekas from all over India as far as Jammu and Kashmir, Assam, Manipur, Meghalaya, West Bengal, Punjab, Haryana, Gujarat, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Telengana, Andhra Pradesh, Jharkhand,Uttar Pradesh, Goa, Orissa, Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Karnataka took part in this prestigious championship.
The championship was inaugurated by KAI president ShihanKarate Thiagarajan, actor and chairman of Bodukan Karate India, Suman, vice president of KAI Shihan C S Arun Machaiah, KAI RC chairman, Shihan Paramjeeth Singh and host of senior masters.
For the first time, the championship was organised in the new 2019 WKF Kata rules (point system); wherein the total number of participants (20) were divided into two (Aka and Ao) groups. The contestants had to perform two Katas in two rounds and points would be awarded for each round performed, and the topper in each group of two rounds would automatically qualify directly for the finals to fight for gold and silver medals and the next best two toppers in each group would fight for the two remaining bronze medals.
City’s karate champ, a second pre-university student of VVS GJ PU College, Kuvempunagar and state number 1 Deia Urs, who took part in the under 21 years individual female kata category, topped her group (Ao) by securing 24.42 points in the first round and 24.50 points in the second round of kata to qualify for the finals directly. Priyanka of Tamil Nadu topped the other group (Aka) by securing 25.12 and 23.80 points respectively to enter the finals.
In the finals, Deia eventually lost to Priyanka of Tamil Nadu by a margin of 0.3 points and had to settle for a silver medal. Deia scored 23.90 in the ultimate round, while scored 24.20 to win the gold. Siddhi Gharu of Maharashtra and Farshana of Kerala took the remaining bronze medals.
Arun Machiah, Jose, Bhargav Reddy and host of WKF, AKF and KAI judges and referees headed the Karnataka contingent. Karnataka had a tally of three silver and six bronze medals at the championships.
Deia who has 3rd Degree KAI Black Belt is the daughter of Roopa Urs and is trained by her father B S Srinath Urs, a certified and accredited national karate coach and are affiliated to KAI headed by ShihanTiagarajan and All India ShitoRyu Karate-Do Union headed by Arun Machiah. (MR)