Golden success for MP; Sushma, Savita bring laurels


Canoe Sprint Championship

Chronicle Reporter, Bhopal Madhya Pradesh got golden success on the opening day of the 28th Canoe Sprint Championship being held at the Lower Lake. In the junior girl K-2 final race, the pair of Sushma Verma and Savita Yadav brought the success for the state in the 1000 meter race where they took the time of 04:37:66. Odisha players (04:43:15) were at the second and Chhattisgarh players (04:47:20) were at the third place. During the day, heats contests of K-2, K-4, C-1, C-2 and C-4 were held under 1000 meter. The championship was flagged off by sports minister Yashodhara Raje Scindia. Indian Kayaking and Canoeing Association (IKCA) secretary BS Kushwah and others also attended the inaugural function. This is the ninth time Bhopal is hosting the national canoe championship. Teams from both junior and senior categories are contesting in the championship. Around 27 states are participating in the tournament. Altogether 900 players — both men and women — are participating, said organizing secretary Prashant Kushwaha. State’s contingent comprises of a total of 77 players. Events in the K-1, K-2, K-4, C-1, C-2 and C-4 categories would be organised in the week-long championship. Furthermore, around 20 para-players from across the country are also participating in the championship; where they will use specially-designed boats. The boats are connected to a support to offer proper balance; but are able to be controlled by professionals only. Mayank Thakur, chairman of para-kayaking and canoeing of India, said that para-players have performed well in water sports in the recent past.”Sooner or later, these players will start winning medals and make the state and country proud,” Thakur said.

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