After making an impact in last year's Jakarta Asian Games, Assam’s star Taekwondo player Rodali Barua, who is a leading black belt champion in Taekwondo, won a gold medal at the 2nd edition of Indian Open International Taekwondo Championship held in Hyderabad. The competition had players from 25 countries, including Australia, America, Japan and Korea, and from 29 Indian states.
Rodali hails from Tezpur, and had earlier participated in the World Taekwondo Championships in Korea in June 2017 and won gold at the 35th National Senior Kyorugi and 8th National Senior Pumche Taekwondo Championships held in Visakhapatnam.
Who is Rodali Barua?
Rodali is the daughter of Anupam Baruah and Runa Baruah. She started Taekwondo training at a young age and since then has never looked back. Since she was in class 8th she has been practising the martial art form rigorously and actively participating in the games to master the sport. She has represented India in a number of Taekwondo Championships in the +73kg heavyweight category and has brought laurels to the country.
Assam’s Rodali Baruah shot to fame after bagging the bronze medal in the National Games. She also participated in the World Taekwondo Championships held in Korea in June 2017. She won a Gold medal at the 35th National Senior Kyorugi and 8th National Senior Pumche Taekwondo Championships held at Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh.
In August 2017, she also represented India in Chinese Taipei at the World Summer University Games.
Rodali is a District Gold Champion with a ranking of 1, 17 and 86 in National, Asian and the World respectively. She is currently pursuing her Bachelors in Arts from IGNOU.
Last month, Rodali along with another taekwondo player of the state, Dipika Hazarika, was selected to represent the Indian team at the World Taekwondo Championship in Manchester.
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