Indian wushu star Sadiya Tariq made the whole country proud, especially Jammu and Kashmir, by winning the gold medal at the Moscow Wushu Star Championship held in the Russian capital from February 22-28.
Sadiya applauded and appreciated all for his brilliant success in the world of sports.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi took to social media to congratulate the young wushu champion. “Congratulations to Sadiya Tarik on winning the gold medal at the Moscow Wushu Star Championship. His success will inspire many aspiring athletes. I wish him all the best in his future endeavours,” Prime Minister Modi tweeted.
J&K Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha also wished the player all the best. “Congratulations to Sadiya Tariq from Srinagar on winning gold at this international championship. She has demonstrated high discipline, dedication, talent and mental toughness, which made India proud of her significant achievements. She inspires aspiring athletes at UT. I wish Sadiya much success in the future,” the Lieutenant Governor tweeted.
Sadiya Tariq, originally from Bemina, Srinagar, won consecutive gold medals at the 19th and 20th National Junior Championships held in Haryana and Jalandhar respectively. At the Moscow Wushu Star Championship, Sadiya won the gold medal by defeating the local favorite.
Sadiya, who started playing sports at a young age, was educated at the Presentation Monastery of Srinagar and started participating in school activities when she was in first grade. “When I was in the first grade, our physical education teacher came to our class and announced our school sports tournament, I was the first to sign up for this event,” Sadiya said.
Appreciating her parents’ support from an early age, Sadiya happily said, “I remember my dad just told me that if I get interested in sports, he will always support me. I was very happy, I chose taekwondo as my game and started training the next day.”
After a year of study, Sadiya began to participate in sporting events at the district and division level. “I participated in my first high school level competition organized by the Indian Army in the Bandipora region and won the bronze medal. I started to be appreciated by my coaches and the school administration, which helped me to keep my spirits up in this area,” Sadiya said.
After success in local competitions, the wushu star began to compete at the national level. “After winning a bronze medal in local competitions, my coaches appreciated me and encouraged me to participate in national level competitions, and in the same year I went to New Delhi to participate in the 3rd India Taekwondo Open Championship and won the bronze medal. said the happy Sadiya.
Sadiya then started playing regularly and competed in many events such as the national junior taekwondo championship where she won her first gold medal. In 2018, Sadiya won the bronze medal in Hyderabad at the International Junior Taekwondo Championships and also participated in the 64th National School Games in Imphal, Nagaland.
Sadiya’s career changed dramatically when she decided to switch from taekwondo to the sport of wushu. “Our general manager of wushu in Kashmir and head coach in India, Kuldip Handu, encouraged me to switch from taekwondo to wushu, which was difficult for me, but I took it as a challenge and started wushu,” Sadiya said. After appropriate training, Sadiya began to compete in professional wushu competitions and earned her name.
“I participated in the national wushu championship held in Kolkata and won the bronze medal, which motivated me and brought me love for the sport,” Sadiya said.
Sadiya’s older sister has also joined the sport and is a professional martial artist. “In March 2021, I won the gold medal at the 2nd National Junior Championships in Haryana, which also included my sister. She has also competed in national level championships in Gujarat and state championships and won several gold medals,” Sadiya said.
Sadiya has selflessly chosen sport as a career and wants her country to be proud of it by winning more medals. “I don’t want to be a doctor or an engineer, my dream is to represent the country in international competitions and win gold for J&K and the country in the Olympics,” Sadiya said confidently.
Sadiya said that sports keep us away from mental anxieties such as anxiety, stress and depression and all parents in the Valley should encourage their children to actively participate in sports. She added that it was her mother’s dream and her dream to perform on the international stage and her dream came true by winning a gold medal on the international stage. She hopes that the government will give full support to the athletes and provide them with a platform to showcase their unique talent.
The wushu star also appealed to all J&K parents to support and encourage their children, especially girls who go in for sports.
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