SRINAGAR: In a remarkable feat, Aliza Shah secured the silver medal at the 67th SGFI Junior Championship held in Ranchi from January 23rd to 28th, 2024. This prestigious tournament marked Aliza’s debut in the SGFI Nationals, and her journey to the medal podium was nothing short of extraordinary.
Facing formidable opponents from across India, Aliza showcased her determination from the very first bout against Madhya Pradesh, delivering magnificent performances throughout the championship. Despite a foot injury, she reached the final bout, where she fought valiantly against the opponent from Rajasthan.
This silver medal adds to Aliza’s impressive tally, making it her sixth national championship medal. Her journey to this position was filled with challenges, including injuries and adversities, but Aliza persevered, embodying the spirit of a true fighter.
Aliza expressed her gratitude to various individuals who played pivotal roles in her success. She thanked Ms. Nuzhat Gul, Secretary of the Sports Council, for her substantial efforts in enhancing sports infrastructure in the Union Territory. She also acknowledged the relentless contributions of Mr. Kuldeep Handoo (Dronacharya Awardee) in advancing Wushu.
Furthermore, Aliza expressed her appreciation for the support from her school, Presentation Convent Higher Secondary School, specifically mentioning Sr. Jyoti and Mr. Sheikh Umar. She extended thanks to Madam Adida, Mr. Shabir Ahmad Lone from Youth Services, Mr. Maqsood Rather, Secretary District Srinagar, who has been a constant support, and the coaching team including Mr. Mushtaq Ahmad Zargar, Mr. Ramees Ahmad, Mr. Aijaz Ahmad, and Mr. Irfan Ahmad for providing unparalleled Wushu training to athletes.