Maharashtra is champion

MUMBAI MARCH 30. Maharashtra expectedly clinched the men's team kumite gold in dramatic fashion to emerge overall champions on Sunday, the concluding day of the 18th National Karate Championships.

Salauddin Ansari spearhead the host's challenge against a plucky display from Central Reserve Police Force, which finished with the silver, followed by Madhya Pradesh and Orissa finishing joint third in an event organised by All India Karate Federation and conducted by Maharashtra Karate Association at the Andheri Sports Complex indoor hall.

The host won three out of four bouts in the team kumite final, drawing one bout with their rivals. Apart from Ansari, a powerful presence on national karate scene, other Maharashtra team members were Ratan Gharu, Sukesh Kotian, Mangesh Jawale, Riddhish Thakor, Anup Dethe and Subhash Nair.

The CRPF squad comprised Jagdish Bishi, Nivrutti Jadhav, Bhagwat Parse, Maruti D.B, N.A.Rajan, V.Chandran and Anand Sherpa. Maharashtra ended up with 17 golds, nine silvers and nine bronzes, followed by Madhya Pradesh (eight, seven, seven) and Meghlaya (four, two, two) in that order.

The next Senior Nationals will be hosted by Indo Tibetan Border Police, either in Delhi or Chandigarh.

Mrs. Rajlaxmi Singh, swimming coach of Sports Authority of India (Western Region) was the chief guest on the concluding day.

The results (final): Men's team kumite: 1. Maharashtra, 2. CRPF, 3. Madhya Pradesh, Orissa.

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