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A sad concluding day in karate

  • Published at 09:04 pm December 4th, 2019
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Marzan Akter Priya was taken to Blue Cross Hospital after getting injured during the karate team event in the South Asian Games Wednesday Courtesy

Marzan Akter Priya recovered well soon and was released from the Red Cross hospital in the evening, but it presumably cost karate another gold, as claimed by Bangladesh Karate Federation general secretary Kyaw Shwe Hla

Tuesday was a golden day for karate as Bangladesh bagged three gold medals, but the next day was unfortunately a depressing one not because of the performance but for gold-medalist Marzan Akter Priya, who left the met during the semi-final of the team event before being taken to hospital.

Priya recovered well soon and was released from the Red Cross hospital in the evening, but it presumably cost karate another gold, as claimed by Bangladesh Karate Federation general secretary Kyaw Shwe Hla.

Women's kumite team comprising Mounjera Borna, Priya and Humaira Akther Antara managed to beat Sri Lanka 2-1 in the semi-final, despite losing Priya in the middle. 

Borna also got injured with a punch on her head but still managed to win the first game by 8-4 points.

Priya was knocked out injured after being hit below her ear by the opponent. 

She was brought out of the met immediately and taken to the hospital via ambulance.

The medical in-charge of the Emergency, Dr. Prajwal Man Shreshtha, and his team investigated her and provided some painkillers because of the pain on her head and neck. 

Dr. Abhishek Chaturbedi, senior consultant neurosurgeon, inspected Priya later with a CT scan after which the doctor said there is nothing to be worried about. 

After observing for two more hours, Priya was released.

Antara won the last game of the semi-final by 4-1 points to set up a final fixture against Pakistan. 

Naima Khatun, who replaced Priya in the final, conceded a humiliating defeat against heavy-weighted Pakistani opponent by 14-4 points. 

Borna lost the opening set 6-4 but Antara won comfortably by 7-3 points as Bangladesh lost the final 2-1.    

“We unfortunately lost out on a gold as a result of Priya’s injury. Borna also played with injury. It could have been a different scene in the final if Priya was there,” said the karate federation GS.

The injury of Priya and the consequences also weighed heavily on the other athletes, coaches and officials for the most part of the day.

Karate however, concluded its events with a total of 18 medals, including three golds, three silvers and 12 bronzes, most than any other sports so far. 

Along with women’s karate team’s silver, the men’s team won a bronze, while Sobuz Miah and Abida Sultana claimed bronze in the men's 50kg kumite and women's 68+kg kumite events respectively Wednesday.