Adonis: Manipur cyclist who strikes gold

By FrontierManipur | Published On 25th Feb, 2021, 10:01 GMT+0530

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Khariksing Adonis Tangpu

Winning the Best Cyclist Award is something prestigious awarded to only one rider with best performance among all categories of about 360 riders from 18 states of the country

TFM Ukhrul Correspondent

In a recently concluded cycling tournament, Khariksing Adonis Tangpu (18) of Manipur won the hat trick of Gold medals. Adonis participated in the 17th National MTB Cycling Championship held at Gadag, Karnataka from February 19 to 21, 2021. The Mountain Bike Cycling Championship was organised by the Cycling Federation of India (CFI).

CFI is a pioneer in the promotion of cycling sports in India affiliated to the Indian Olympic Association (IOA), Asian Cycling Confederation (ACC) and Union Cycliste International (UCI). This is the sole body recognised by the Ministry of Youths Affairs and Sports, Govt of India for the promotion of the sport of cycling in India.

In the 3-day 17th National Mountain Bike Cycling Championship held at Gadag, Karnataka, around 360 riders from 18 different states participated in various categories of the MTB events.

Adonis won gold in Men Junior Individual Time Trial (XCT), gold in Men Junior Cross Country Race (XCO), gold in Mixed Relay, and “The Best Cyclist Award” for the 17th National MTB Cycling Championship.

It may be recalled that Adonis has been continuously winning Gold medals for the last three consecutive years in the national level.

In the 15th National MTB Championship (2018), held at Pune, Maharashtra, Adonis bagged Gold in Sub-Junior Boys XCT (ITT) and Gold in Sub-Junior Boys XCO (Mass start)

In the 16th National MTB Championship (2020), held at Haldwani, Uttrakhand, he bagged Gold in Men Junior Individual Time Trial (XCT) and gold in Men Junior Cross Country Race (XCO)

Even in the 17th National MTB Championship (2021), held at Gadag, he could accomplish 3 Gold medals. And winning the Best Cyclist Award is something prestigious awarded to only one rider with best performance among all categories of about 360 riders from 18 states of the country.

In the International arena too, Kharikshin Adonis Tangpu had represented India two times in the past two years:

1)    In the 25th Asian Mountain Bike Championship held in 2019 at Keferdebian, Lebanon; with 15th position and

2)    In the 26th Asian Mountain Bike Championship, held at Rai Chiang, Thailand, and came in 6th Position, which is a history for India, as no Indian riders have ever completed the assigned laps, since the International level tracks are so technical, tricky and tough that it is dangerous if you fall down on the track during the event.

This year’s 27th Asian Mountain Bike Championship (2021) will take place in Mandalay, Myanmar. Therefore, he is undergoing intensive training in order to bring more laurels to the nation.

Khariksing Adonis Tangpu (18) is the son of Dr Vareishang Tangpu and Glory Tangpu, of Peh Village, Ukhrul District, Manipur.

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