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Sopore girl wins silver in International Martial Arts Championship at Philippines

Post by on Friday, July 29, 2022

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Baramulla, July 28: A 19-year-old girl from Sopore has brought laurels to the UT of Jammu and Kashmir by winning a silver medal in the World Eskrima Kali Arnis Federation’s (WEKAF) World Arnis Invitational Championship-2022 at Phillipines.  
Ronak Reyaz Baba, was among the 13 other participants across India who took part in the International Championship of Martial Arts which was held in the Philippines from July 18- July 24, 2022.  She was representing India in the women's category. 
Around 36 countries including Brazil, USA, China, Korea and Philippines participated in the championship. 
After the event, Ronaq took to social media and announced her victory. 
"Allhamdullilah, clinched silver for the country India in 16th WEKAF world Eskrima Kali Arnis Invitational World Championship 2022 in Philippines," she wrote on her twitter handle. 
Hailing from Magraypora village of Sopore outskirts, Ronak is a student 12th standard at Girls Higher Secondary School, Sopore. 
"In 2016, when I was in 6th standard, I started my journey of martial arts and later on, kept on participating in several state-level and federation cups and won around 13 medals both at local and national level. Later in the stage, I represented India twice at an international level and won two gold medals. And now this is the third time, when I represented India at an international level and won silver," Ronaq told Rising Kashmir. 
Ronak Reyaz, has won Gold in International Thang Ta Championship, held in Manipur Imphal in 2018 and another gold in 2019 at South Korea. 
Soon after the feat, her friends and relatives shared congratulatory messages and wished her luck for future endeavours. 
"My friends, relatives and acquaintances at school shared congratulatory messages. The friends were happy, and the teachers congratulated. It is indeed a proud moment," she added. 
In 2021, Ronaq was felicitated by Lieutenant Governor UT J&K Manoj Sinha with the Best Leadership Award and Youngest Achiever Award of the valley.  
Ronaq gives the credits of her success to her mother and coach. 
“My family, especially my mother, is the real power behind all this. She struggled a lot and made me work harder. Also I must say this would not have been possible without the support, guidance and training of my coach Aijaz Ahmad Bhat," she added 
In a message to youngsters, Ronaq said that youth should take part in sports. 
"We can see our youth involved in drugs and other bad habits. After education, it is only sports that will save our youth from anti-social activities and drug menace. Parents must encourage their children to participate in the sports event and make their nation proud," she said.  

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