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SPORTS | Meghalaya: Shillong Lajong defeats Gokulam Kerala in it’s I-League debut

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Shillong, November 29, 2017: The only goal in the second half of the I-League match between Gokulam Kerala FC and Shillong Lajong FC was scored by Alen Deory as GKFC lost to SLFC by 1-0.  The match was held on a cold wintery night at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Shillong, Meghalaya on Monday. It was also Shillong Lajong’s first ever I-League match.

Bulling Langsning to meet Bengaluru tomorrow in Second Division League

Shillong Desk | Shillong, Mar 18, 2018:

After a terrific opening result that saw Langsning FC beat Chennaiyin FC reserves 2-1 on Wednesday, the Shillong-based side will next take on the reserves of Bengaluru FC in the Second Division League at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium here on Monday.

IN PICTURES | Pine Mount School, Shillong reverberates in the spirit of sportsmanship!

April 20, 2018

Pine Mount School , Shillong concluded its Annual Sports Day today. Here are snapshots of the event-

MAKO are ‘Champions’ of 4th Northeast India Kickboxing Championship

Shillong, Sept 10, 2018: 

Adding another feather to its ‘decorative’ cap, the Meghalaya Association of Kickboxing Organisations (MAKO) emerged as Champions of the 4th Northeast India Kickboxing Championship held in Shillong on September 8.

Anti-corruption unit to probe role of alleged corrupter in Meghalaya T20 League

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SHILLONG, September 19, 2018: The Committee of Administrators (COA) has directed the BCCI’s Anti Corruption Unit (ACU) to probe if Aushim Khetarpal – the man former New Zealand skipper Stephen Fleming and England all-rounder Chris Lewis claimed offered £30,000 to fix a Test match in 1999 – is associated with the Meghalaya Premier T20 League.

Meet the man who brought Bruce Lee’s martial art form to life in Meghalaya – Ferdinand Suchiang

By Ibankyntiew Mawrie, Shillong News | Shillong, March 19, 2018: 

A dream doesn’t become reality through magic; it takes sweat, determination and hard work to see it fulfilled. If Rome was not built in one day, so also dreams and aspirations are not nurtured and fulfilled in one night.

It took years for this young man from Meghalaya to achieve his goals and carve a niche for himself in the world of martial art. Meet Ferdinand Suchiang, a martial art expert who despite all odds managed to climb the ladder of success.

Ferdinand’s recent achievements

Meghalaya Home Guards jawan, Ferdinand Suchiang has done his country proud again by winning a gold medal in the 1st World Jeet Kune Do Championship held at Nimibutr, National stadium Bangkok, Thailand from March 12-18.

The championship which was organised by Asian Jeet Kune Do Federation and International Jeet Kune Do Federation, saw the participation of athletes from countries like Syria, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and India.

33-year old Suchiang defeated his Sri Lankan opponent in the below 55 kg category of the Jeet Kune Do competition during the finals held on March 16, paving the way for this young martial artist to bag the gold medal.

This is not the first time that this young instructor at the Unarmed Combat department of Meghalaya Home Guard personnel has brought laurels to the state and the country as a whole.

ALSO READ:Meghalaya: Home Guards jawan Ferdinand Suchiang triumphs in International Jeet Kune Do Championship

In October last, Suchiang bagged the Gold medal in the full contact category by defeating his Filipino opponent at the International Jeet Kune Do Championship at Hong Kong. The championship was held at Hong Kong Sea School, Stanley in Hong Kong and saw participation of athletes from the host country, Burma, Philippines and India.

Pic Courtesy: Ferdinand Suchiang’s FB page

Continuing his winning streak since the regional level championship held recently at Assam, Suchiang had remain undefeated in all the competitions he had participated so far including the National level championship held at Kolkata, West Bengal where he bagged the Gold medal, to qualify for the International tournaments.

So far, Suchaing has bagged 2 regional gold medals, one national and two international gold medals and a number of medals in state-level competitions.

“I am deeply honoured to have been given a chance and opportunity to represent the country in an international platform and I cannot help but thank God for giving me the much-needed strength and the patience to strive ahead in this sports,” Suchiang said.

ALSO READ: Meghalaya: Home Guards jawan Ferdinand Suchiang triumphs in International Jeet Kune Do Championship

What do we know about this International star from Meghalaya? 

Ferdinand Suchiang (33) was born and brought up in Jowai in West Jaintia Hills. He got into the sports (martial art) at a very young age. In 1998, he took up martial art lessons but had to give up in 2004 due to lack of financial support and poverty.

“Poverty was the main hurdle back then. I could’t find time to practice because by the time I get home, I was not in a condition to practice. Due to poverty, my brother and I had to struggle really hard to make a living and support our mother,” Suchiang said.

Pic Courtesy: Ferdinand Suchiang’s FB page

But luck was on his side. In 2008, he got a job at the Meghalaya Home Guard and Civil Defence Department in Shillong. Since then, he has been living in Nongthymmai, Shillong.

Ever since, Suchiang has been involved in many martial art forms like kick boxing before he discovered his forte in Jeet Kune Do, a martial art form founded by martial art professional and actor — Bruce Lee.

Despite being tight up at work, Suchiang never stopped following his dreams. Thanks to the cooperation of the officers and staffs of Home Guard.

ALSO READ:Meghalaya Home Guards personnel bags Gold in 4th Northeast India Jeet-Kune-Do Championship in Assam

Expressing his gratitude to the officers and staffs at Home Guard and Civil Defence, Government of Meghalaya, Suchiang said “They (officers/staffs) have always been supportive and they have always encouraged me to pursue with my interest. They saw my talent and skills and didn’t stop at mere appreciation but they pushed me further and provided a chance to shape myself and the art form.”

“They never complained nor did they prevented me from chasing my dreams rather they supported me and helped me in various ways. They inspire and encourage me alot,” he added.

(The writer can be reached at mawrie.iban@gmail.com or iban@thenortheasttoday.com)

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