Rajendra Prasad Mohapatra

Promising kickboxer Reehan Khan from Odisha stole the show by winning two medals including gold in the recently concluded Wako India Open International Kickboxing Tournament in Delhi.

Reehan from Jeypore won the gold medal by emerging champion in the Hard Style Weapons event of the junior boys’ category. However, he had to be satisfied with the silver medal by finishing runner-up in the Kick Light -63kg event.

The Odisha team also performed splendidly in the tournament by winning a total of 28 medals including 13 Gold, seven Silver, and eight Bronze medals.

As many as 17 kickboxers from Odisha participated in the international tournament. More than 2,000 kickboxers from 22 countries locked horns for the top honours in the competition.

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“Odisha kickboxers faced tough competition from the Uzbekistan side. However, I am so happy that they fought well and came out with flying colours. Odisha finished ninth in the overall medals tally,” said Kartik Dakua, Wako Odisha President.

“All the medal-winning kickboxers have been selected for an international training program to be conducted in Ooty in April. Based on their skills and performances in the program, they will be selected for the upcoming Asian Indoor Games and Asian Games,” he added.