Nagaland Taekwondo team won 18 medals (8 gold, 6 silver and 4 bronze medals) in the Open India Kukkiwon Dispatched Master Championship organised by Titabor Dojang Taekwondo Academy at Rajiv Gandhi Stadium, Jorhat, Assam.
The championship was held from July 1 to 3.
The team also finished third place in overall behind Delhi and Assam. Interestingly twin brother Shiuthong and Shiusuthong secured gold medals in under 22 kg & 24 kg in Pee Wee category (U-8). While six- year-old Alimthong, the youngest participant from Nagaland ended up with silver medal in 16 kg in pee Wee category (U-8). A total of 20 players from Sports Academy, IG Stadium, Kohima took part in the competition led by Visabiu Peseyie, state taekwondo coach and Khrieto as manager.
Coach Visabiu Peseyie while expressing his happiness from the championship, suggested special training and competition for talented players from time to time in order to become a professional player.
He also acknowledged the department of Youth Resources and Sports for giving him opportunity to let his players compete with players from other states.
The coach also informed that five Naga Taekwondo boys namely Heutingyi Zeliang, Boto Chophy, Teklung Phom, Yentsuthung Tikhir and Neikhozo Naprantsu have been inducted into Army Boys Sports Company, Ranikhet.
Following are the final results:
Pee Wee category (under 8)
- Shiusuthong – under 22 kg (gold)
- Shiuthong- under 24 kg (gold)
3.Alimthong – under 16 kg (silver)
Sub- Junior category (under- 11)
- Pauninglungbe Ndang – under 29 kg (gold)
- Athongti – under 32 kg (silver)
- Pauziechangbe Herie -under 25 kg (bronze)
Cadet category (under-14)
- Lensethong Tikhir – under under 33 kg (gold)
- Manong Konyak – under 37 kg (gold)
- Longkhan Phom – under 49 kg (gold)
- Thongti Thonger – under 45 kg (bronze)
Junior category (under-17)
- T. Kiutsu – under55 kg (gold)
- Epithung Tungoe – under 45 kg (silver)
- K. Yimkiumong – under 51 kg (silver)
- Wangan Phom- under 48 kg (bronze)
Senior category (above 17)
- Keneilevo Nagi- under 80 kg (gold)
- Repinkiu Tikhir – under 54 kg (silver)
- Zakieneikho Peseyie – under 74 kg (silver)
- Vilabizo Nagi : under 63 kg (bronze)