Pooja Kadian of India has made country proud by becoming the first woman to win gold medal at Wushu World Championships. Kadian won Gold medal in 75kg women’s Sanda category by defeating Evgeniya Stepanova. In semifinal Pooja Kadian had defeated Egypt’s Heba Abdelkader 2-0. The tournament held Kazan, Russia. China has been a dominant team in the sport.
Apart from her four other Indians also won bronze medals in the tournament. The names are Rameshchandra Singh Moirangthem, Bhanu Pratap Singh, Rajinder Singh, and Arunpama Devi Keisham. Rameshchandra Singh Moirangthem won bronze in 48 Kg category, Bhanu Pratap Singh in 60 Kg and Rajinder Singh won his bronze in the men’s 90 kg category.
What is Wushu World Championships?
Wushu is not a world famous sport. It is the umbrella name used for describing famous Kung-Fu, the Chinese Martial Arts. The Wushu games are being organized by International Wushu Federation after every two years. It was in 1991 at Beijing, when first Wushu World Championships were held. Toulu and Sanda are the two main types of sports that are held under Wushu.
In Toulu, players are judged on the basis of their patterns of martial arts used and maneuvers. The points are also given as per the patterns of a player according to rules followed in Toulu. Whereas Sanda is the modern form of boxing. India won all its medals in Sanda.