Malaysian wins gold in ‘virtual’ karate meet


A 14-YEAR-OLD karate proponent from Kedah bagged the gold in an international martial arts e-championship, Makkal Osai reported.

The event hosted by the World Martial Arts Development Organisation in Sri Lanka on Jan 28 saw more than 1,000 participants from 29 countries.

Gayathri Suresh, who trains under the Kedah Mawashi-geri Karate Academy, was the sole representative from Malaysia.

She is also the daughter of academy founder and trainer Suresh Mariappan.

The young girl was awarded a gold medal in the 13-14 age category.

Participants had the unusual experience of showcasing their skills via online platforms.

> Some devotees in Ipoh prayed outside the gates of a temple in Ipoh during the recent Thaipusam festival, the newspaper reported.

This year, the Hindu community could not attend the ceremonies due to Covid-19 movement restrictions.

The usual chariot processions, carrying of milk pots and kaavadi processions were cancelled.

The temple management committee, however, arranged for online streaming of the ceremonies.

The above article is compiled from the vernacular newspapers (Bahasa Malaysia, Chinese and Tamil dailies). As such, stories are grouped according to the respective language/medium. Where a paragraph begins with this ' >'sign, it denotes a separate news item.

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