Madhya Pradesh dominates National Kayaking and Canoeing competition
by EVENTFAQS Bureau | Corporate/Brand Marketing | December 16, 2011
In a continuing challenge of man's skill over water, the 22nd National Kayaking and Canoeing competition took place from Dec. 6 to Dec. 11 at Ulsoor Lake in Bangalore. The event was organised by the Karnataka Amateur Water Sports Association and the Madras Engineer Group & Centre (MEG & Centre), under the aegis of the Indian Kayaking & Canoeing Association (IKCA). The competition was flagged off by Major Gen. AK Pradhan, SM, GOC Karnataka & Kerala Sub Area.
In Bangalore's second time around hosting the national championship, around 900 paddlers representing over 25 teams from across the country as well as 30 international participants pit their skills against each other. Throughout the week, more than 90 kayak and canoe events took place across the Senior Men's, Senior Women's, Junior Men's, Junior Women's, Sub - Junior Boys and Sub- Junior Girls categories. The competition also saw Bangalore premiering the Para Canoe 200 meters relay and a 5,000 meters long distance race for handicapped participants, which was introduced for the 2016 Olympics.
The final day turned out to be Madhya Pradesh's day to shine, having been declared the overall winners in the men and women's category with 110 points, while the runners up were S.S.C.B with 89 points. Madhya Pradesh also won the award for the senior women's category, with Kerala as the runner up. Shri Hans Raj Bharadwaj graced the final day of the event as the chief guest and presented the winners of all categories with their medals. This was followed by a fashion show choreographed by Prasad Bidapa.
The winners from Madhya Pradesh were Satpal Tomar, who received the award in the outstanding men category; A. Ching Ching, who won the gold medal in the 200 meters K1 men's category; Sushila Chanu and M. Jeena Devi who won gold medals in the K-2 sub junior girls 200 meters category; K.H. Arjun Singh and Nanba who won gold in the C2 sub-junior boys 200 meters category; and K.H. Arjun Singh who bagged the gold medal for the 200 meters in the C1 sub junior boys category. Twisha K. from Karnataka won the award in the outstanding women category.
The technical support for the conduct of the championships was provided by MEG & Centre.