Sopore ‘Karate kid’ wins gold in International Karate Championship

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Lack of support and financial assistance from state government couldn’t stop him from bringing laurels to the state of Jammu and Kashmir. He proved his critics wrong and came back with a gold medal from Bhutan.

 

Usman Amin, a 6th standard student from Sopore town won Gold medal in The 3rd International Karate Championship held in Thimpu, Bhutan this weekend. Hazim Yatoo, another Sopore student who was also representing the state won silver medal in the championship.

 

 

A proud Usman Monday morning reached his hometown Nowpora, Sopore with a grin on his face. A student of Sanctorum Public School Sopore, Usman was representing India in 11 years, 35 kg category.

 

The Third International Karate Championship 2017 was held in Bhutan capital over the weekend. A total of 235 participants from Bhutan, India, Nepal , Thailand , Sri Lanka , Bangladesh, Iran  and other countries took part in the championship.

 

Aimed to foster friendship among the South Asian countries, the International Karate Championship is annually organized by Bhutan Karate Association at the capital city Thimpu.

 

 

Usman has earlier participated in many Karate Competitions and bagged 5 Gold Medals both in state and national championships.

 

Usman Amin, son of Mohammad Amin said that, “I am working hard under the guidance of my father just to earn a name and fame for my state. I am happy that I won gold in Bhutan. My dream and aim is to represent my state in Olympics but for that I need help from sports council and state government as my father can’t afford my expenses,” Usman said.

 

Mohammad Amin , father of Usman runs a Karate training Academy ‘Amin Karate Academy’ at Nowpora area of Sopore. Usman and Hazim Yatoo, both students of Amin represented the state in different categories. Hazim Yatoo won silver in 11 years 42 kg category. Usman’s half of the expenses were borne by Sanctorum Public School Sopore where he is studying in 6th standard.

 

 

Shakir Ashraf, Chairman of Sanctorum Institutes told media, “he (Usman Amin) is a talented kid and with little support and appreciation, he can do wonders in future. I would like to support every talented sports student be it from my institution or outside.”

 

Mohd Amin, father of Usman thanked Sanctorum Institute of Education, Sopore for sponsoring his son to participate in this international championship.

 

In past also, students from Sopore have won gold in international championships bringing laurels to the apple town.

 

 

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