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Second International Open Karate Championship 2016 in Kolkata: Read On!

Referees and Judges from Asian Karate Federation (Recognized by Olympic Council of Asia) and World Karate Federation (Recognised by International Olympic Committee) will judge the entire tournament

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Premjit Sen with his students. 2012. Image source: Premjit Sen

This year in 2016, Karate enthusiasts across the City of Joy, Kolkata, will have something to look forward to! 

Dates and venue for the 2nd International Open Karate Championship 2016 have been announced and needless to say, once again Kolkata will be filled with more than 2000 experienced karate talents across the globe. The participants shall pour in the famous Khudiram Anushilon Kendra and Netaji Indoor Stadium from August 5 – 7 August 2016 to demonstrate their skills and fight for one of the most prestigious events of the year. Judges will speculate the performance of state, national and internationally acclaimed Karatekas from Worldwide.

Students practicing Karate. Image source: Premjit Sen
Students practicing Karate. Image source: Premjit Sen

Many countries are taking part in this mega event- Singapore, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Nepal, and Uzbekistan are to name a few. It is expected that there will be more than 15,000 footfalls in the mega event and about 10,000 Karate Kids are likely to participate, to see the best fighter from India and abroad.

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Moreover, first-time Referees and Judges from Asian Karate Federation (Recognized by Olympic Council of Asia) and World Karate Federation (Recognised by International Olympic Committee) will judge the entire tournament.

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The flow of the events would start sharp at 9am on 5th August 2016 at Khudiram Anushilon Kendra with all senior events followed by cadet and junior events till 7pm. On 6th August 2016, the events will start at 9am sharp with all children group below 6years onwards above. On the 3rd and last day of the event, Team Kumite event will be held in Netaji Indoor Stadium where history would be created in Bengal as the Champion teams will be awarded cash prizes of INR 50,000 (Champion), INR 25,000 (Runner-up) and INR 15,000 each (Joint 3rd) same as Cricket Teams get cash award in IPL.

Karate has been included in 2020 Olympics and such kind of tournaments shall not only popularize this sport but also motivate the aspiring young buds to do better and aim for the ultimate result in future.

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The event is being organized by none other Shihan Premjit Sen, President Karate Association of Bengal. Karate in Bengal has developed tremendously under his supervision and leadership since more than a decade now. He has been successfully training lakhs of karate kids nationally under his banner All India Seishinkai Shito-Ryu Karate-Do Federation. He is himself an 8th Dan Balck Belt from Japan also Referee of World Karate Federation and President of Karate-Do Association of Bengal.

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On International Childhood Cancer Day, the hospital organised a ‘Sit and Draw competition’ with pediatric patients and rewarded the winner

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Childhood cancer comprises almost 3-5 per cent of the total cancer cases in India, experts said here on Friday, expressing concern over the low cure rate due to lack of available data.

“The disturbing reality is that the cure rate of pediatric cancer is almost 80 per cent in the developed countries. When we see the data from major cancer centres, it actually can match up to the Western standard but this data is not enough,” Haemato-Oncologist Vivek Agarwala said at an awareness programme conducted by Narayana Superspecialty Hospital, Howrah.

According to the Indian Council for Medical Research, cancer in children constitutes approximately 3-5 per cent of the total cancer cases in India.

Agarwala said a large portion of the incidence of childhood cancer in society is still not addressed.

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Also, a large section who don’t have access to premier institutes are often diagnosed late due to financial crunch and that is why the overall treatment rate in India is low.

“Probably, the government and society at large are not considering it a big problem as it is just around 5 per cent. We are always campaigning for breast and cervical cancers,” Agarwala said.

“We must remember this 5 per cent of cancer is majorly curable if given proper treatment,” he said.

Leukaemia and retinoblastoma (a form of cancer where children have a white eye) are the two common forms of cancer in children.

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Talking about awareness and symptoms that parents need to watch out for, he said: “Symptoms are different for different cancers, but children who have cancer have poor growth, poor weight gain and decreased appetite. One must get their children evaluated on seeing these symptoms”.

On International Childhood Cancer Day, the hospital organised a ‘Sit and Draw competition’ with pediatric patients and rewarded the winner. (IANS)