8-year-old Kashmiri girl returns home after winning gold at World Kickboxing Championship

Bengaluru, Nov 15: 8-year-old Kashmiri girl Tajamul Islam wins gold medal at the World Kickboxing championship in the U-8 category.

The competition was held in Andria, Italy. After scripting history, Tajamul Islam is finally back in India.

Tajamul Islam (Image courtesy: ANI Twitter handle)

Speaking to Times Now, Tajamul said: "I feel really good. My Sir had started a kickboxing academy in Kashmir and I joined. My brother and sister took me there.

"I practiced hard then participated at the state and national level competitions. My Sir helped me a lot in training hard and now I stand as a world champion. I am really very happy.

"I used to watch kickboxing on TV and initially was afraid of breaking my nose. But slowly by siblings encouraged me and I submitted the admission form of the academy.

"I was afraid in the beginning, but my Sir encouraged and helped a lot. Sir motivated me a lot which helped me to bag the gold medal. I want to thank my brother and sister who has helped me a lot.

"I dedicate this gold medal to my Sir, my parents who have encouraged me a lot and of course India."

Tajamul, 8, hails from a rugged village in Bandipora district, Kashmir. She has become the first girl from Kashmir to achieve such a feat.

Here are some tweets from ANI:

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Story first published: Tuesday, November 15, 2016, 17:46 [IST]
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