State-level karate: Mysuru retain title

The 10th state-level Dasara karate championship held at Chamundi Vihar Indoor Stadium concluded on Saturday with Mysuru emerging as overall champions.

Over 600 participants from across the state, including 200 girls, took part in the championship. After inaugurating the event, MLA M K Somashekhar said: “Karate is helpful for self defence in case of attack from anti-social elements. Besides academics, students must get involved in such extra-curricular activities as they help one keep fit.”

Sunil Kumar, one of the organisers of the championship, said: “The event was held under two categories-  kata and kumita – for weight and age groups. Children in 8-10 age groups took part in large numbers. Compared to last year, the response was good this year.”

The Dasara sports committee conducted the event in a simpler manner due to the ongoing Cauvery dispute. In most of the events, Mysuru dominated the competitions and emerged overall champs. Mysuru were champs last year too.

Suresh, assistant director of the Department of Youth Empowerment and Sports, Shihan Atlaf Pasha, secretary of Akhila Karnataka Sports Karate Association, and M G Chidanand, president of Mysuru Karate Association were present.

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