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.
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:
8 year old Kashmiri girl Tajamul Islam wins gold at World Kickboxing Championship of under-eight players in Italy's Andria. pic.twitter.com/GgzGbEzSo8— ANI (@ANI_news) November 15, 2016
I want to thank all the people who supported me, feeling proud that I won gold for India: Tajamul Islam pic.twitter.com/rg2EwL0Ibs— ANI (@ANI_news) November 15, 2016