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  Pumas Open 2007  

The three days 53rd National School Games Kickboxing Championship for Boys & Girls under 19 Yrs. as well as Pumas Open 2007 was succesfully concluded on 16th Dec'2007 in the Temple City Bhubaneswar. More than 300 male and female Kickboxers along with official from 15 States taken part with great enthusism. Honb'le Chief Information Commissioner of Orissa State as well as the National President of IAKO Shri D.N. Padhi, IAS (Retd.) along with Founder President of IAKO Engineer S.S. Harichandan and Official Observer of SGFI Shri Prem Puri from Chandigarh inaugurated the Championship on 14th Dec'2007 at 10.30 AM at Children's Park, Bhubaneswar by hoisting the Flag in a colorful and event full Opening Ceremony. Among other dignitaries Organising Secy. and Asst. Director, School & Mass Education, Orissa Shri N.M. Nanda, President All Orissa Kickboxing Association (AOKA)


Shri Shivanda Ray, Vice President of AOKA Padmashree Dilip Tirky (Former Captain, Hockey Team), Captain Indian Hockey Team and member Kickboxer of Pumas Shri Prabodh Tirkey, President of Rotary Club of Bhubaneswar Rtn. Ashok Kumar Tripathy, IAS, Commissioner-Cum-Secy., Labour, Govt. of Orissa were present in the Opening Ceremony. The International Stars of Pumas from Orissa have given wonderful demonstration on Aerokickboxing with Music and well appreciated.


The first match among the Boys in Light Contact Kickboxing in 65 Kg. category was formally conducted by International repute Referee Engineer S.S. Harichandan which were continued till 5.00 PM as  scheduled.  He declared that Mr. Sayeed Alam(MP), Technical Director of IAKO is appointed as the Chairman, Tehnical Council of this Championship and will be assisted by Mr. Montu Das(WB), Mr. P. Selvraj(Tamilnadu), Mr. Pradyumna Behera(Orissa) as the Chief Referee/Judges along with other IAKO Referee/Judges from different States. In the evening Honb'le Minister of Mines, Orissa Shri Padmanav Behera inaugurated the Pro Kickboxing Ring PUMAS OPEN 2007 as the Chief Guest in a colorful and musical, cultural extravaganza and continued till 9.00 PM. and witnessedby a huge gatherings.


On 15th Dec’07, the Second days of the mega events, Former Chief Minister as well as the Present Leader of Opposition of Orissa Assembly Shri Janaki Ballava Pattanaik inaugurated the Pro Kickboxing Ring of PUMAS OPEN 2007 as the Chief Guest along with Honb’le Minister of UD. Shri K.V. Singhdeo and appreciated the untiring efforts of the son of the soil Engineer Harichandan in promoting and controlling Kickboxing game not only in Orissa but in the country.


On 16th Dec'07 at 4.00 pm the Closing Ceremony of the 53rd National School Games Kickboxing Championship was graced by Chief Guest Padma Shree Satpal, President of SGFI. He witnessed the fights and appreciated the efforts of the host All Orissa Kickboxing Association (AOKA) for organising this event in an wonderful manner successfully. Also he congratulated Engineer Hairchandan for successfully promoting Kickboxing Game in the Country. In Boys Groups Delhi bacame overal Champion followed by Punjab as Runners up & in Girls group Punjab became Team Champion followed by Maharastra as Runners up. Padam Shree Satpal awarded the medals and Trophy to the winners along with Shri Ashok Kumar Tripathy, IAS , Engineer S.S. Harichandan, Shri N.M. Nanda, Shri Shivananda Ray, etc. as the Guest of Honours.


The Championship was organised by Dept. of School & Mass Education, Govt. of Orissa in association with AOKA under the agies of SGFI. Though it is a programme taken by the Govt. of Orissa, unfortunately no financial sanction is made to meet the expenditure inspite of several requests and meetings, rather AOKA has made the payment of about Rs. 40,000/- to Dept. of Sports & Youth Services, Orissa to accomodate the participants Boys & Girs in Kalinga Stadium, Bhubaneswar, says Shri Shivananda Ray, Co-Chariman, Organising Committee.


However the entire arrangements made from own sources and with the commitment supports from VEDANT, OMC, NALCO, TATA, BILT, SAIL, Pumas International, Rotary Club of Bhubaneswar, Padhee Tutorals, Hightec Medical Institute, etc. and well appreciated. On 16th Dec'07 at 6.00 pm on the Closing Ceremony of PUMAS OPEN 2007 Honb'le Union Minister, Labour, Govt. of India Shri Chandra Sekhar Sahoo along with Padmashree Satpal, President, SGFI . Rtn(Dr.) R. A. Sharma, DG, Rotary Dist.-3260, Shri Ashok Kumar Tripathy, IAS , Engineer S.S. Harichandan, Shri N.M. Nanda, Shri Shivananda Ray, etc. as the Guest of Honours. Emminent personalities were honoured with PUMAS EXCELLENCY AWARDS FOR THE YEAR 2007 in an wonderful manner. List enclosed. The new National Champions in Pro Kickboxing were awarde the Title Belt and Cash Award by the Chief Guest and Guest of Honours as follows.

Full Contact - Men 55 kg. National Champion T. Durga Andhra Pradesh
  65 kg. National Champion M. Hunter Hnamte Mizoram
  85 kg. National Champion Nikhil Aakle Maharashtra
Full Contact - Men 60 kg. National Champion Prachi Sutar Maharashtra
Pro National Kickboxing Championship Pumas Execellency Award 2007
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