Gome Thapa in Indian Kung-fu squad at the Hong Kong International Kungfu Festival.
Posted by Ramesh Khati on July 19, 2009
see ing off at the airport. Photo by UB PHOTOS
By:-Nanda Kirati Dewan, Guwahati.
Gome a typical Gorkha name and Thapa a popular Gorkhali surname the combo Gome Thapa is no known face of Assam till toady. An inhabitant of Durgasarbar Hill side of the city, Thapa has been playing this sports for the last 15 years. On Friday he was flown from Guwahati to New Delhi for immigration and travel document processing to participate at the prestigious Hong Kong International Kung Fu festival’s “World GOUSHU (Chinese Martial Arts) Competion in aegis All Assam Gorkha Students’ Union. Gome Thapa is a national Kunf-fu (GOUSHU) player and Chief Technical Director and General Secretary All Assam (Chinese Martial Arts) Kungfu Association. He is a member of five member Indian squad to the prestigious competition. It is for the third time that he has been selected for such international competition but he could not join the former two, due to financial constraint.
Financially weak Thapa had dropped the dream of participating at the competition for which the expenses (travel & joining fees) comes around Rs.80,000/- only. Some of his sources asked him to approach AAGSU at Nepali Mandir office for financial help. On his approach the apex organization of Gorkhas AAGSU came to rescue their Gorkha brother. The donation drive started from Assam Sports Minister Bharat Narah who reluctantly made a contribution of Rs.5000/- which is still under process. On request to consider this case by Kamrup Dist. Advisor of AAGSU Pitamber Joshi, Narah replied that it was too late to allot fund for the palyer while the state cabinet are busy due to hectic schedule on visit of AICC General Secretary Rahul Gandhi. Even former MP and President Assam Gorkha Sammelan Mani Kr. Subba did not come to rescue. However on several requests by AAGSU he has promised to pay Rs.20,000/- on his return thereby Pitamber Joshi has drawn a loan of Rs.20,000/- from a trader to make Gome Thapa’s dream true. AAGSU had to exchange heated words at the Regional Passport Office to get his passport issued in time. AAGSU has bore all the rest of his expenses a noble gesture . Speaking to this correspondent at the LGBI Airport in Guwahati, Thapa emotionally thanked All Assam Gorkha Students’ Union, donors and well wishers. He promised to live up the expectations of people back home and emabrace his nation with a international medal. We wish him all the very best.
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However a week (from 21st- 26th July 2009) stay in Hong Kong would cost him another Rs. 20,000/-. GOME THAPA FUND RAISING sub committee of AAGSU requests to make possible contributions to Gome Thapa in his State Bank of India account no. 10242819837.
The writer Nanda Kirati Dewan is Principal Correspondent; Assam Times, North East News Bureau,Gorkhatimes, Darjeeling Times and Photojournalist/Reporter/News Editor with UB Photos. He also has been voted as TOP 10 Gorkhali of Assam by “Saparivar” magazine and is an active executive member of AAGSU. Mr. Dewan can be contacted at email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org and at +919864077700 (M)