Indore: In order to give a boost to self-defense, the India Open MMA Championship was organized at Indore from 10th to 12th of September. Held at Shri Agrasen Mahasabha Bhavan at Krishna Vihar, in Indore, the event was hosted by the Mixed Martial Arts Association of M.P.
The event witnessed good response with around 15 teams with 200 students participating in the national level championship. In total 29 states participated where Delhi, M.P., Haryana, Uttrakhand, U.P., Punjab, Bengal, Karnataka, Tripura, Sikkim, Assam, were some of the few states which participated in the competition among others. Kailash Vijay Vargiya, the General Secretary of BJP, and Devendra Pratap Tomar, the president of MMA commemorated the winners with the award, and were also the chief guest of the event. The competition also witnessed the presence of Sahrif Babu, the President of MMA India and General Secretary Prashant Gaitonde.
The motive behind the event was to promote sports and self defense, along with fitness in India. The Delhi team left an impressive impression on the event by winning many medals. Rahul Thapa from Delhi bagged the gold medal, followed by Mohd Aftab and Astha Bhatnagar who secured the silver medal. The bronze medal was won by Abhishek Mehra and Gourav Modak. The coach of the Delhi team was Thakur Pavan Sikarwar, who is from the Combat MMA Club from Delhi itself. The event was a great success.