Pooja Kadian, a woman sportsperson on Wednesday created history after bagging a Gold Medal at World Championship Event of Wushu - a sport not so popular in India.
Pooja Kadian, a woman sportsperson on Wednesday created history after bagging a Gold Medal at World Championship Event of Wushu – a sport not so popular in India. Pooja made her historic triumph by defeating Evgeniya Stepanova in the final round. Well, it should be mentioned here that along with Pooja, Rameshchandra Singh Moirangthem, Bhanu Pratap Singh, Rajinder Singh, and Arunpama Devi Keisham also won bronze medals in different categories as well. However, a number of people must not be aware the details about Pooja Kadian, and quite obviously, – the sports of Wushu.
Who is Pooja Kadian?
As is clear by the mentions above, Pooja Kadian is a Wushu player who is now a world champion in the very sport. She is a known name in the world of Wushu. Earlier in 2013, Pooja had won a silver in World Games. Her victory was described as a landmark achievement Sports Authority of India. As per a report on Daily Exerciser, Pooja had earlier won a bronze in the 5th Asian Junior Wushu Championship at Macau, silver medal in the Junior World Championship at Bali (Indonesia), silver in 11th World Wushu Championship at Turkey bronze in the 8th Asian Wushu Championship at Vietnam.
What is Wushu?
Wushu is a popular sport which finds its roots in China. Wushu Association of India describes it as a game which pays attention to both internal and external exercises with fighting movements as its main content, and with routine exercises and free combat as its forms. The game first came to India in 1989. The game is played as a Medal Event in National Games. Late Sri Anand Kacker, the first President of Wushu Association of India, is considered pivotal in bringing sports to the country.
The game, and WAI – its governing body, have been given approval from the Govt of India, the Olympic Committee and military, Paramilitary forces. The game is classified into two major categories – Sanshou and Taolou.