Rural Sikkim glows in sporting pursuits thanks to PYKKA Games
Chetan Pradhan & Shilpa Periwal
Karun Gurung hails from Mangan in North Sikkim and till last year, the closest he got to martial arts was while watching Jackie Chan or Jet Li on pirated DVDs. Six months ago, a Taekwondo instructor arrived in his school and offered to take in interested students. Karun signed up. Six months later, he was in Gangtok for the state-level sporting competition, the Panchayat Yuva Krida aur Khel Abhiyan [PYKKA] games, representing not just his village, but the entire district.
Similar stories of raw talent from rural Sikkim getting a state-level platform to get noticed, peppered the event which played out at venues across Gangtok from 15 to 22 Dec 2011.