An 8-year-old Kashmiri girl, Tajamul Islam, created history by winning the gold medal in the under-8 for India in the World Kick Boxing Championship held in Italy on Friday.
“In five days, Tajamul Islam won six games,” said her coach Master Fasil Ali, as reported by The Hindu.
A soft-spoken girl from a remote north Kashmir village, Tajamul, who is the national kickboxing champion, knocked down her rival from the US to become the world champion. She is the first Kashmiri girl who had achieved such a feat.
Islam is a Class 2 student, who represented India in Italy, where 90 other countries participated.
“She (Islam) has created history by winning a gold medal in the game at the age of eight,” said PDP leader Waheed Parra, who is also J&K State Sports Council secretary.
In 2015, Islam won national recognition when she clinched the gold medal in sub-junior category at the National Kickboxing Championship, held at Talkatora Stadium in New Delhi.
Islam’s achievement at the national level got her a ticket to the World Championships. Interestingly, kickboxing wasn’t her first choice at all. She excels in wushu and is also doing well in taekwondo. She got into kickboxing when in 2014 she joined a local academy, which trains young boys and girls in martial arts. Her brother and two sisters are also kickboxers.
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