Shillong (Meghalaya): Indian national hero Pooja Kadian won her maiden bout in a highly anticipated sanshou (sparring) contest at the Assam Rifles Senior National Wushu Championship here on Thursday.
The cream of India’s wushu martial artists are present in Shillong for the championship, none less prominent than Kadian, who won India’s first ever gold medal in the Wushu World Championships in Russia earlier this month.
Kadian, whose bout came in the evening of the third day’s action at the Assam Rifles Sports Complex in Laitkor, represents the All India Police Sports Control Board (AIPSCB) and defeated Poonam of Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB). The intensely physical contest ended in the first round itself when Poonam was unable to withstand her opponent’s fierce attacks.
Meanwhile, the first medals were awarded in the taolu (form) competitions. With 5 points being awarded for a gold medal, 3 for silver and 1 for bronze, Madhya Pradesh and Manipur currently lead the standings with 16 points each as of 5:00pm. Services Sports Control Board (SSCB) is third with 10 points.
Another noteworthy sanshou contest came just before the Kadian-Poonam fight and that was between Sonia Devi of Haryana and Nambarsha of Karnataka. The latter was exhausted and clearly suffering physically midway through the bout, but she soldiered on regardless until the fight was ended prematurely in favour of Devi. Nambarsha, however, won much appreciation from the spectators for her determination to contest.