07-10-2017 10:00 AM | Lathika Saju | My Indian Dream
Pooja Kadian creates history
Not many have heard of Wushu as this sport is gradually becoming popular. It is one of the two umbrella words used to describe Chinese Martial arts, the other one being Kung-Fu. The sport is governed by the International Wushu Federation.
The Wushu World Championships are held every two years and China is a dominant team in the sport. This year, the tournament was held in Kazan, Russia and it is a memorable one for India as Pooja Kadian became the first Indian to win a Gold medal at Wushu World Championships on Wednesday. Four Indian players also clinched the bronze at the tournament.
Kadian defeated Evgeniya Stepanova in the 75kg women’s Sanda category to triumph with the gold. In the semi-finals, she had defeated Egypt’s Heba Abdelkader 2-0 to march to the finals. The other players who made India proud by winning the bronze are Rameshchandra Singh Moirangthem, Bhanu Pratap Singh, Rajinder Singh, and Arunpama Devi Keisham.
There are two main forms of the sport - Toulu and Sanda. In Toulu, players are judged on the basis of martial arts patterns and manoeuvres and given points based on specific rules. Sanda, on the other hand, is a modern form of Chinese boxing. India won its medal in the Sanda category.
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