OST Sports Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Feb 1:
The 18th Sub Junior and Junior and 19th Senior National Kickboxing Championship, organised by the All Odisha Kickboxing Association (AOKA) under the aegis of Indian Association of Kickboxing Organisation (IAKO), began at the Saheed Nagar Indoor Stadium here on Saturday.
The event was inaugurated by AB Mohapatra, District Governor of Rotary International.
About 360 male and female kick boxers from Odisha, Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur, Nagaland, Jammu & Kashmir, Chandigarh, Delhi, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, West Bengal, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Bihar and Tamil Nadu are participating in the three-day tournament.
“About 30 kick boxers, including 12 females from Odisha, are taking part in the event,” AOKA organising secretary Pradyumna Behera said, adding the number of participants is less this year in view of the annual examinations.