Kashmir's wonder girl wins Gold Medal in U-14 Category of World Kickboxing Championship

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Tauseef Ahmad

Bandipora,Nov.O1(HT): 14-year-old kickboxer ,Tajamul Islam,Kashmir’s wonder girl  is in the news again.This time for clinching another gold medal against Argentina’s Lalina in final bout , under 14 age category in World Kickboxing Championship held at Cairo Egypt on October 22. Hailing from Kashmir’s Bandipora district  ,Islam is the first Kashmiri girl to have represented India in the competition, which took place from October 18-24.

The kick boxers from around the globe participated in the event, including 30 players from India in various age/weight categories.Islam played four bouts in the event of which she fought two against players from host country Egypt while her third and fourth bout was with France and Argentina respectively. Islam has  already won gold at World Kickboxing Championship held at Andria, Italy in 2016. She was barely eight years old then.She has also won gold medals at district, state, national and international level in kickboxing competitions in the sub-junior category.Islam wants to bag a gold medal at the Olympics also.“I also want to become a doctor,” she said. Talking  to Headlines Today  about the final bout, Islam said that her rival was very quick in making her moves and she (Islam) was not expecting it from her opponent.

“But I kept my calm and it paid off. I waited for her to make mistakes which eventually helped me to fetch points,” she said.

A day prior to the competition Islam  would practice three times a day , morning, evening and at night.Each session used to last for two hours. “Practicing harder at regular intervals played an important role in bagging gold medal,” she said.

Giving a message to budding sports persons, she said ,’’they must be focused to their goal, and develop “a never give up attitude.” “Work hard,sooner or later ,it will pay off. Participate in sports and do not indulge in negative activities like drugs etc,” she said. “Despite criticism , I proved my mettle to the world ‘’,added proud Islam .

Pertinent to mention here Tajamul Islam is among 12 big shots of J&K who have made it to  JK bank wall calendar in 2017.

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