tezu: Two youths from Tezu in the Lohit district of Arunachal Pradesh received a rousing welcome on their return Thursday after winning gold medals in the karate championship in Sonipat, Haryana.
From the Mishmi tribe of Arunachal Pradesh, Sadan Yun and Roshan Tega won gold medals at the Youth Games National Karate Championship organized by the Youth Games Council of India.
Both were received by the Yun Welfare Society, All Lohit Karate-Do Association and All Mishmi Students’ Union, along with youth and public leaders at the Airfield Tezu gate with traditional stoles and bouquets.
It is a moment of pride for our entire Mishmi tribe, said Sawan Yun, the secretary general of the Yun Welfare Society. “These two young guys proved that hard work and determination in every field would earn you accolades and recognition. We are very proud of them both,” he said.
Yun, from Tribal Colony, Tezu city, won the gold medal in the senior men’s 84 kg-plus category. Tega, from Hawaii in the Anjaw district, won the gold in the under 55 kg category.
During the congratulatory program, Yun said it feels good to receive such a warm welcome from his people. He appealed to the youth to give up the drugs, saying: “Your youthful days will not be with you forever. Do not indulge in drugs and other unhealthy habits. Keep them away. Many will wonder what we will getting from games and sports. If it’s nothing at all, at least it will keep you healthy and there’s nothing better than enjoying good health.”
He also appealed to the district administration to provide them with a proper training facility. “We practiced in the mud and the rain. Having a good training facility will bring many champions in the district,” Yun added.
The Secretary General of the Lohit District Olympic Association and All Lohit Karate-Do Association, Sobetso Kri, was also present to receive the gold medal winners.
He congratulated both youngsters and said, “Martial arts can take you places. Because the youth here do not know the scope of martial arts, many do not choose martial arts as a sport. I hope that all our youth in the district and Arunachal Pradesh will be inspired by the example of Sadan and Roshan.”
The youngsters present to receive the champions led them through the city with flex banners to celebrate their achievement.
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