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Hill martial artists form new association

Statesman News Service | Kurseong |

Masters and delegates of Karate, Taekwondo, Kickboxing, Boxing and Wushu from different places of the Hills on Sunday held a meeting in their bid to form an ‘Allied Martial Arts Development Association’ of the Gorkhaland Territorial Administration (GTA).

The meeting held at the Martial Arts & Fitness Academy in Kurseong saw discussions on the problems plaguing martial artists since decades, and ways to overcome them, according to Sandip Pradhan of the Martial Arts & Fitness Academy, Kurseong.

“The primary motive behind forming an allied body of all forms of Martial Arts is to bring all artists and associations under one umbrella, so that the unified body becomes stronger and martial artists get privileges from the government and the administration,” Mr Pradhan said.

“All the members present in the meeting appreciated and fully supported the cause of forming such an allied body,” he added.

Meanwhile, a provisional body was formed with Bigyel Pradhan as the President, Miraj Lepcha the General Secretary and other members.

Bigyel Pradhan thanked all the members present in the meeting and expressed his gratitude to the vice-chariman of the Board of Administrators of the GTA, Anit Thapa, for his support and encouragement for youths who are into martial arts. He also appealed to all Masters who could not be present in the meeting to attend the next meeting to be held in Darjeeling.