TURA, April 4 - Jarmin M Sangma, an aspiring sportsman who has been a part of numerous tournaments across North East as well as neighbouring West Bengal, is the lone invitee from Meghalaya to take part in a mixed martial art (MMA) tournament in Nepal.
The 21-year-old has been alone in this sport from the State and it is only his enthusiasm for martial art that has kept him going.
However, finance has now become a huge stumbling block for the young sportsman in participating in the upcoming tournament, leaving him completely distraught.
�I have been going to everyone to seek assistance to represent the State and the country in the tournament in Nepal but don�t know how I am going to manage it. Other than the District Sports Officer and one more person, no one has come forward to provide any sort of help�, he said.
Upon hearing of the plight faced by Jarmin, quite a few people have now come forward to show their support and help to the young man. �I heard of the problem he faced and decided to do my bit for him. We are proud of his achievements and I am sure with the right kind of support he can do us proud once again,� said MDC Stevie Marak. �I too will be doing my bit,� said an MLA on the condition of anonymity.
He has been training without a coach and his zeal for the sport can be understood from his achievements where has secured gold in many disciplines of MMA. Jarmin is a 1st Dan in kick boxing and also an expert in Wushu, Taekwondo, Jeet-kun-do among other martial art disciplines.
�I have always been inspired to maintain my body and learn the art of self defense. I hope there is a little more support for people like us,� said a frustrated Jarmin.