Shillong, Feb 11: Hameshaniah Suiam (second left) bagged a gold medal in point fighting at the Indian Open International Kickboxing Tournament in New Delhi, the Meghalaya State Kickboxing Association said today.
Suiam’s gold for India came in the -57kg senior men’s category. The tournament began yesterday and will conclude on Thursday.
Another Meghalaya kickboxer, Heimonmi Suchiang, who like Suiam also hails from Shangpung, took silver in the full contact -54kg junior boys category.
Tomorrow, Pynshrainmiki Rabon will take part in the low kick -67kg senior men’s category.
The Indian Open features competitors from the United Kingdom, Croatia, Turkey, Nigeria, Ireland, Nepal, Jordan, Kazakhstan and Estonia taking on the Indian kickboxers. Over 1,000 male and female kickboxers are participating.
The format and disciplines are as follows:
Tatami disciplines: Point Fighting, Light Contact, Kick Light, Musical Forms. Fighting area is the tatami mat. The intention of the kickboxer is to defeat the opponent with legal techniques that must be delivered with controlled power. Each round is of two minutes with a minute’s break between the rounds but the number of rounds varies depending on the discipline.
Ring Disciplines: Full Contact, Low Kick and K1 Rules. Fighting area is the ring. Each bout consists of three two-minute rounds with a minute’s break between each round. The intention of the kickboxer is to defeat the opponent with legal techniques that must be delivered with full power.
(Meghalaya State Kickboxing Association photo)