Girls from bucolic areas are going places by proving their mettle in fields that interest them. One such wonder girl who has made the country proud is C. Kamatchi. She has won gold in the ‘2017 World yoga sports ranking championship’, held in the United Arab Emirates on December 29 and 30.
A resident of Mudukulathur district in Tamil Nadu, she presented 10 ‘asanas’ in the athletic category in the 19 to 25 age group and won gold. She scored over 80 out of 100 marks
Kamatchi is pursuing M.Sc (yoga) at the Tamil Nadu Physical Education and Sports University. “I am extremely happy to win gold in the world event,” she told The Hindu over phone. There were 49 others who participated from India.
A. Padmanaban is the person who taught yoga to Kamatchi. This was when she was a student of Thassim Beevi Abdul Kader College for women, Kilakarai, a few years ago. He was delighted with her victory. He told The Hindu that Kamatchi has brought laurels to the state and district and deserved huge appreciation.
Struggle for sponsorship
The girl won silver medals in Athletic and Artistic categories in the first Pacific Asian yoga sports championship held in Thailand in May, 2017. But getting sponsorship for the world event proved to be a herculean task for her. Minister for Information Technology M. Manikandan helped her with Rs 60,000. She managed to arrange Rs 10,000 also and could finally go to the UAE.
She revealed that Kamatchi’s father was employed as a driver in the Tamil Nadu State Transport Corporation and the people of her village lent financial support.
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