The 4th Asian Kho Kho Championship (Men and Women) will begin at the Tamulpur Higher Secondary School playground in Assam’s Bodoland Territorial Region (BTR) from March 20 to 23.
The event is being organised by the Kho Kho Federation of India (KKFI) and is being hosted by the Assam Kho Kho Association (AKKA) with support from the BTR government.
The Assam government also extended their support for the competition.
Altogether 12 countries – Bangladesh, Bhutan, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Malaysia, Nepal, Pakistan, Singapore, South Korea, Sri Lanka and the host India will be participating in this mega international Kho Kho event.
“We are happy to announce that the preparation for the event is almost completed and we are all set to host this. This is a great moment for us especially for the BTR to be the host of players and officials from as many as 13 countries. We are thankful to the Kho Kho Federation of India for giving us the opportunity,” said BTR chief Pramod Boro who is also the chairman of the Assam Kho Kho Association.
The players and officials will stay in hotels in Guwahati and they will travel to Tamulpur daily for the competition. More than 800 players and officials will participate in the four-day event.
“Again I would like to take this opportunity to announce that peace and harmony have arrived in BTR. Conducting international events like this, we want to prove that our area is as good as any place in the country. I would like to request you all to support us wholeheartedly to make the event a grand success,” Boro added.
Assam Kho Kho Association (AKKA) president Prajib Prakash Baruah said: “This is a big event for us. For the first time, India is hosting the Asian Kho Kho meet and we are happy to host the competition. Our volunteers and workers are working with full enthusiasm. The matches will be held on mats and outdoors. I’m thankful to BTR chief Pramod Boro for extending all kinds of support to make the event a success.”
The local organizing committee has booked more than 16 hotels in Guwahati and Rangia which are located near the highways. The players and officials will be ferried every day in the morning for the matches and similarly, at the end of the day, they will be sent to their respective hotels.