THE HIMALAYAN BEACON KALIMPONG NEWS BUREAU
KALIMPONG/JAKARTA, 10TH FEBRUARY 2018: Pema Gyatcho Sherpa an International Taekwondo player from Sikkim Amateur Taekwondo Association (SATA) has won a historical bronze medal in Jakarta, Indonesia. He won the bronze medal in the team Poomsae event and other two players in the team were Lalthlamuanpuia and Lalfakzuala of Mizoram. In team pooomsae they had to perform Authorized Poomsae, New Poomsae and Free style Poomsae. These included a combination of hand techniques, dynamic high jumping multi spinning kick and acrobatic ( ymnastic skill) performed with music. Host Indonesia team won gold medal, Hong Kong silver and India won bronze medal in men’ s team event.
Gyatcho was trained under Pradeep Mukhia, Taekwondo coach at Taekwondo Dojang in Indoor Stadium, Namchi since his childhood. He has been also trained by Trilok Subba, Chief Coach during the preparation training camp in various National and interrnational events.
Sherpa in a statement made to ‘The Himalayan Beacon’ said, ” I am feeling very happy winning a medal in this mega event. I am very grateful to my chief coach Trilok Subba, coach Pradeep Mukhia, SATA family, my parents, supporters and the Government of Sikkim.
National team coach Master Trilok Subba said, “Pema Gyatcho Sherpa is obedient , talented , and hard working player who learned four difficult dynamic new Poomsaes within 15 days during the coaching camp at Kalimpong and able to won a bronze medal in Jakarta.”
India Taekwondo Poomsae team also won silver medal in the women’s event. These include Shilpa Thapa, Mamta Shah and Anamica Walia.
Gaurav Singh won a bronze medal in the Individuals men’s event. Medals were awarded by the Honorable Vice President of Indonesia Jusuf Kalla who was also the chief guest. Guest of honour was Lee Kyu Sook President of Asian Taekwondo Union. Norman Marciano president of Indonesia Taekwondo Federation all the participants during the opening ceremony.
Presently other events like Boxing , Athletics , Basketball , Wrestling etc. are taking place. Indian team hopes to haul more medals in these events.