Karate player, Johny Mangkhiya has created history by becoming the first sportsperson from the State to be selected to represent the country at the Asian Games.
The Karate Association of India (KAI) on Tuesday selected Johny for the following Asian Games to be held in Indonesia after a three-tier selection process. She will represent the country in the women’s individual Kumite in the below 68 kg category.
The final selection trial was conducted in Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh on Tuesday, where she defeated three other contenders in her weight category from Orissa, Bihar and Delhi. Prior to this, Johny had undergone one month advance training in Iran.
She had also won three silver medals in KAI Senior National Karate Championship besides a couple of bronze medals. She won a gold medal in the 8th Commonwealth Karate Championship, which was held in Delhi in 2016. She represented the country in the 23rd Senior World Karate Championship, and 12th AKF Senior Championship, which were held in Austria in 2016 and Dubai, United Arab Emirates in 2013.
Meanwhile, the Arunachal Karate Association (AKA), headed by its president Shihan Likha Tara has expressed their joy and immense happiness on Mangkhiya’s selection in the Indian team. AKA general secretary Bulang Marik said that it was a first in the sports history of Arunachal Pradesh. A sportsperson from the State had never been selected to represent the country in the Asian Games before, so it is indeed a proud moment for the people of the State.