Indian Team won one GOLD and BRONZE medal in recently conducted 4th JKS World Shoto Karate-Do Championships 2016. This event was attended by over 30 countries. Konwar Dipankar won gold in Individual Kata – Male (14-15 Years). Bronze Medal was won in Team Kata -Male (17-19 Years) by Dipankar Konwar, Pankaj Gogoi, Shantanu Phukan. All of these winners are from Kerala.
Their coach Sudeep T. Cyriac is the chief instructor at JKS Shotojuko India. Shotojuko India is the Indian Branch of the NPO Japan Karate Shoto-Head Quartered in Tokyo, Japan. When asked about if he has any message for youngsters regarding sports he said: “Select one, practice one, work hard, will get it one day”.
These winners have been practising karate for years and from very young age. Dipankar who won a gold medal is being trained by his coach from when he was two and a half years old. He lives and trains with his coach. Dipankar will also be representing India in South Asian Championship at New Delhi and Asian Karate Federation Championship at Indonesia this year.
When enquired about any help with respect to funding from the government the coach replied NIL NIL NIL!
He further informed us that he requested Kerala Sports Minister to help them in terms of funding for infrastructural and training right before they left for the tournament. He even forwarded the copy to the respective Chief Minister, M.L.A, Sports Council President and Secretary of state and district. He is still awaiting a reply.
The Logical Indian Team congratulates them over their victory. We sincerely hope that government responds positively to Coach Sudeep T Cyriac request and help nurture these young talents. Showering money, cars, and government jobs only after achieving medals in Olympics may be good for politics but to help sports in this country support should be given when our sportspersons are struggling.