Sets sights on international competitions in upcoming year
Pampore: In a thrilling showcase of talent and determination, Farhana Farooq, a 9th-grade student from Brain Nishat, brought glory to Srinagar by clinching a gold medal in the 11th National Pencak Silat Championships for the Junior category recently at Patliputra Stadium Patna, Bihar.
The Championship was organised by the Pencak Silat Association of Bihar under the aegis of Indian Pencak Silat Federation and under the banner of Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports, Government of India and Sports Authority of India.
Farhana, daughter of Farooq Ahmad, resident of Astan Mohalla Brain Nishat, displayed exceptional skills, securing victory over her opponents and solidifying her position as a rising star in Pencak Silat. With four months of dedicated practice, her prowess shone brightly on the national stage.
Speaking to Kashmir Reader, Farhana expressed gratitude to her parents, especially her mother, for unwavering support throughout her journey. She acknowledged the crucial role played by her coach, whose guidance and training proved instrumental in her success.
This achievement adds to Farhana’s growing list of accolades, with two gold medals to her name – one at the national level and another at the state level. Her dedication and triumph serve as an inspiration for aspiring athletes in the region, highlighting the potential for excellence in Pencak Silat.
Farhana said she participated in the recently concluded 11th National Pencak Silat Championship in Patna, Bihar. In this championship, she won a gold medal in the junior category.
The 16-year-old, a class 9 student at Maha Jaans Green Night School Ishbar, said she joined Pencak Silat four months ago. This national victory follows her previous success of winning a gold medal at the state level. Farhana expressed her aspiration to participate in international championships next year and mentioned that she needs to undergo trials before representing at the international level.
The 2023 edition of the Sub Junior, Junior and Pre Teen Pencak Silat Nationals took place last week. A total of 34 states and Union Territories teams participated in both boys and girls categories. Over 1400 players took part in the mega tournament with fervour.