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Kicking up some support

Actor Akshay Kumar attended a National Karate Championship award function organised for kids in Mumbai over the weekend.

entertainment Updated: Nov 03, 2010 00:54 IST

Actor Akshay Kumar attended a National Karate Championship award function organised for kids in Mumbai over the weekend.

Kumar who is a trained martial art fighter himself, believes that there is a lot of hidden talent in India, which is unable to come to the forefront because of monetary constraints that many youngsters face.

“It was because of the love for martial arts that I entered the film industry. It was because of the film industry that I could be a part of organising India’s biggest Karate championship here. The students that you see here have come from all over India. This year, we received around 55,000 applications in comparison to 33,000 last year. We have invited around 4,500 students here and have given them a platform to showcase their talent,” said Kumar. The best five kids of the competition will be sent to Japan to take part in an international tournament.

“I would select three to four students and send them to Japan for the international tournament,” said Kumar.