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Murran residents jubilant as local player wins bronze in International martial arts championship

Post by on Tuesday, July 26, 2022

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Pulwama: A wave of happiness swept Murran village, a hamlet in south Kashmir’s Pulwama district, after news that a local martial art player had won a bronze medal for India in an international event in the Philippines spread in the area.
Owais Yaqoob, a martial art player from Murran village of Pulwama, won bronze after ending his show at 3rd position in World Arnis Invitational Championship.
World Eskrima Kali Arnis Federation Philippines organized the championship from 18 to 24 July.
His friends, fellow villagers, and relatives were overwhelmed with joy after news of him winning a bronze medal in a maiden international event reached them.
Many took to social media sending him congratulatory messages. Others visited his house and shared the joy with his family members.
Owais is a senior martial art player in Pulwama who has been playing the game since 2013. He has won 11 gold, seven silver in nationals, and 17 gold here in state events. A bronze at the world Arnis International championship is his first international medal.
“My brother informed me about his win, and I was thrilled with joy,” Muneer Ahmad, a youngster of Murran village, said.
He said that winning bronze at International is a big achievement.
He said that residents in the village area were extremely happy for Owais, who had been sweating in the field for a long time.
Another resident, Kaiser Mir, said that despite facing many hardships, Owais won a medal in his debut at the international level. “This is a great performance, we wish him to bring more laurels in the future,” he said.
Owais told Rising Kashmir that he was very happy with his performance.
“In my category, 22 players from 20 countries fought,” he said, adding that he got 3rd rank in the world championship after a hard and smart fight with his opponents.
Owais fought under the 76-80 weight category. He said he lacked previous exposure to international competitions and learned many things by participating in the event.
“I will start my training for the next world championship with all the experience I gained from this championship,” he said, adding that he will put his best to improve his performance.
Owais, who comes from a humble background, was selected for the martial art world championship in South Korea in 2016 and Georgia in 2017 but couldn’t participate due to a lack of finances.
 He could make it to the Philippines with some of his expenses sponsored by Fashion Fiesta Srinagar.

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