Member of Parliament (Lok Sabha) from Arunachal Pradesh, Takam Sanjoy on urged citizens specially youths of the state to channelise their energies through constructive creative works to become worthy citizen and contribute to nation building.
Speaking as the chief guest at inaugural function of the three-day 7th National Nihon Shotokan Karate Championship at Likha Tara complex here today, Sanjoy cautioned the youth against the menace of gun culture and drug-abuse and exhorted them to channelise energies through games and sports, particularly karateka.
"It is time to say no to such self destructive menace and become disciplined for a secured future while contributing to nation building," said the MP while announcing his wholehearted support to AAPSKA.
Expressing deep concern at the gun culture in some pockets of the state and the drug-abuse that has spread into Tirap, Changlang, Lohit, Anjaw, Dibang Valley and East Siang districts, Sanjoy pointed out that Chief Minister Nabam Tuki has announced a vibrant sports policy with 10% reservation for sports persons, the highest in the country.
"If Olympian MC Mary Kom or Magnificent Marry, a mother of three, could achieve glory with sheer determination, why not you by availing the platform provided by AAPSKA chairman Likha Tara for directing your energies" the MP asked?
Speaking as the guest of honour, state's sports secretary Indira Mallo Jain drew a parallel between IAS (Indian Administrative Service) and sports, saying few succeed in IAS of the lakhs who try and become responsible officers with authority to bring a change in the life of the masses. Likewise, a successful sports person earns respect and honourbale livelihood.
She described the even as celebration of sports to showcase the potential of the region, particularly Arunachal.
"We are aware of the potentials and contributions of the karatekas of the North Eastern states, particularly Arunachal Pradesh and assure all possible support for them to fly North-East flag high globally," said All India Karate-do Federation general secretary Bharat Sharma, who were also present at occasion with other distinguished guest including Nihon Shotokan Karate-do Federation (NSKF) of India president Kiron Kumar Thangjam and international chief instructor of NSKF of Japan Shihan Tamon Pemba.
Sharma disclosed that karateka with the status of a sports is the most common games in India after cricket which with 150 styles is recognized in 34 states at school and college level besides its national and global status.
Announcing commitment to promote Northeast karatekas, particularly Arunachalees for the national and global events, Sharma cited the example of T Tapak from Arunachal who had the honour of defeating Japanese karateka in the Asian championship.
"It is time for the Northeast karatekas to walk together to showcase their potential and win glory for the nation," said Thangjam while joining others in appreciating Tara and AAPSKA technical director and coach Deben Sharma coach S Deven Sharma and Arunachal Karate-do Association general secretary L Marik.
Cultural programmes besides display of the art of karatekas punctuated the function. (ANI)