United States: The IMSKA-DISKA team from the United States excelled in the 51st Trbovlje Open-2023 held in Slovenia on December 2, securing a total of eight medals, including two golds. The team comprised 13 players, according to Sensi Raj Baral.
Varnan Monger from Pennsylvania claimed gold in the Kata category and added a bronze in the Kumite category. Similarly, Namsahang Rai secured gold in the Kata category, while Ayush Tamang earned two bronze medals in both the Kata and Kumite categories.
Bandana Rai from North Dakota clinched a bronze in the Kumite category, Rehan Pandak from Ohio secured a bronze in the Kumite category, and Prelisa Adhikari from North Dakota also earned a bronze.
Although the athletes showcased outstanding performances, Sensei coach Raney Rai said that due to some technical reasons, the team couldn’t secure as many medals as they had hoped. However, he said that the team gained valuable experience from participating in this international competition in Europe.
Team manager Tek Nepal also expressed appreciation for the athletes’ performance in the competition.
Those who participated in the competition are Kinjal Dulal, Rehan Pandak, Aayus Tamang, Prelisa Adhikari, Jestina Monger, Varnan Monger, Namsahang Rai, Praman Subba, Roja Tamang, Anjila Gurung, Bandana Rai, and Wince Monger.
Druk International Sito Ryu Karate Do, a sports organization of Nepali-speaking Bhutanese, marked its inaugural European competition participation with this event. The organization has participated in approximately five international games thus far. The competition featured countries, 524 players, and 59 clubs.