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14-year-old Sadia eyes big in martial arts

Sadia Tariq, who is just 14-year-old from Housing Colony Bemina, Srinagar, is eying big in martial arts after winning many games in Kashmir.

Post by on Sunday, March 7, 2021

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Sadia Tariq, who is just 14-year-old from Housing Colony Bemina, Srinagar, is eying big in martial arts after winning many games in Kashmir.

She was studying in 2nd standard, when she started learning Taekwondo.

Sadia is currently preparing for the 2nd junior national championship, Wushu (a set of martial arts techniques) which is taking place in Haryana, from March 11 2021.

She has played Taekwondo for six years and has now switched over to Wushu.

She has won gold, silver, bronze medals including bronze medal in national level Wushu championship held at Kolkata besides International junior taekwondo championship (bronze medal) in Hyderabad 2018, Sub-junior, National taekwondo championship in Pune gold medal in 2017, Khelo India indoor stadium Srinagar gold medal, 10th open India Taekwondo Championship 2017 in Sheri -I -Kashmir indoor stadium where she bagged silver medal, 3rd Open India Taekwondo Championship at New Delhi. Bronze medal 2015.  

 

 “It was my parents and relatives who kept supporting me in the entire journey of martial arts,” says Sadia.

She is currently in 9th standard in Presentation Convent, Rajbagh, Srinagar.

Her story takes an interesting twist, when her elder sister Seher, a science student from the same educational institution, decides to join her in martial arts.

According to the duo, all their expenses were borne by their parents.

She added the government should support and provide a platform to the girls to showcase their talent.

Now she wishes to win a gold medal in the Olympics.

Seher also has played national level championship in Gujrat and in state level she has shown good performance and has won few gold medals.

She also has been shortlisted for Wushu Junior levels to be held in Haryana.

“Sports keep us away from mental agonies like anxiety, stress and depression,” she says.

She added while the COVID-19 had engulfed the whole world, their coaches counseled them and emphasized on focusing on practicing sessions while following SOPs.

Tariq Ahmad Lone, father of the duo said that girls are not being supported in the valley particularly in sports owing to which a lot of sports talent goes waste.

“We kept supporting Sadia as we realized that she has great sporting aptitude,” he said.


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