Tripura boy to represent India in 'Muay Thai' world championship at Thailand

Tanmoy Chakraborty

Chandrakanta Debbarma, a 25-year-old boy, from a remote Hatkata village in Khowai district Tripura is getting ready to participate in the World Championship of ‘Muay Thai’, to represent India in Bangkok from July 20 to 29.
 
This is for the very first time; a player from Tripura is going to represent India in a World Championship of Muay Thai of ‘Muay Thai’ a combat sport Under 60 Kg.
 
 Debbarma said the sport is one of his favorite sports. He has always had an interest in Martial Arts and all kinds of Fitness activities since my childhood and when he was 15 years old he used to play ‘Taikundu’ in his village.
 
“Earlier I used to play Taikundu at my village. At the age of 15 with the help of my local trainer, I have joined Muay Thai. From that day I have never left a single hour to get trained and become a ‘Muay Thai’ player. I am not a great Muay Thai player but I want to be a. I started practicing Muay Thai in the year 2010 under my Coach Prasenjit Singha and became national champion three times. This year also I became champion at Sikkim and selected for the World championship which is likely to be held in Bangkok”, he said.
 
He also said that it was his dream to become a world champion and to represent India in the Olympic.
 
“This is my dream to be a world champion. In Tripura, I am the first player of ‘Muay Thai’ who is going to represent India in a World Championship and I would definitely bring the medal for my country. It is likely that the combat sport would be included in the Olympic and I want bring laurel for the country”, he said.
 
Debbarma said he has won the first Silver medal in a National Meet on 2013 which was held in Tamil Nadu.
 
“In 2013 I won my first ever Silver Medal in National Meet championship of Muay Thai held in Tamil Nadu. And my first Gold was on 2015 at Bangalore. And then several champion trophies in National competitions. This year also I have won Gold in a National Meet held at Sikkim. Now my target is for the World Championship”, he told.
 
He said that when he has started his training for this Muay Thai, his family didn’t support him.
 
“I live with my mother who is a house maker; my father is a government employee and two elder sisters and one younger brother. My family at first didn’t support me. But they started supporting me when I have won my first ever Silver medal in the National Meet. Now my younger brother Siddharta Debbarma (18) is also a Muay Thai player and won Bronze medal in 48 kg group in a National competition at Meghalaya in 2017”, Chandrakanta said.
 
Prasenjit Singha the coach of Chandrakanta said the sport was not famous in the state, but slowly it’s started getting the attention of youths.
 
“We organized a state level competition on March last where around 250 players of Muay Thai from six districts of the state participated. We have total 600-700 players of ‘Muay Thai’ in the state. And in Agartala I have around 100 students”, he said.
 
He said Chandrakanta selected for U-60 kg in World Championship and he trained Chandrakanta 7 hours a day.
 
“We will leave Agartala on 17th July. A team of 12 players of different categories from India would participate in the world cup championship in Bangkok”, Prasenjit said.
 
He also informed that it is difficult to continue the sport in a small state like Tripura, where numbers of sponsors are very less. However, the state government has provided them infrastructures. Now the students can practice this game at Netaji Subhash Regional Coaching Centre (NSRCC) here.
 
Prasenjit who was also a National Level Champion in the year 1994 said he was trained up in Thailand and In Tripura it came up in 1999.
 
“Muay Thai is a very important and unique form of Martial Arts. It is the king of all martial art. We use all eight limbs Punch, Elbow, knee, and kick. It is the national sport of Thailand but has gained enormous popularity worldwide. Muay Thai is gradually grabbing a lot of attention in India especially in Northeast”, he said.