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Pooja Kadian is India’s one of the renowned Wushu players who has the rare achievement of being the first Indian Wushu player to have clinched a gold medal in the World Championship in 2017. Pooja Kadian won a silver medal in the 9th World Games at Cali in Colombia, in the women’s Sanda 60kg category. Previously, this 31-year-old female fighter also bagged a gold medal in the 12th South Asian games as well as a silver medal in the World Games and World Championship in 2013. She also won gold medals in the National Games in 2014 and 2017. Puja Kadian also has amazing statistics in the national championship as she has won the senior national championship for 14 consecutive times. Pooja Kadian was bestowed with the Arjuna Award in 2018.
The Beginning of Pooja Kadian
Puja Kadian was born in a remote village named Berry in the Jhajjar district in Haryana. She lost her mother in her childhood while her father was a farmer. Jhajjar is a hub of boxing and wrestling. Still, Pooja Kadian started Taekwondo when she was only nine years old. But while taking part in the state championship Pooja saw Wushu and got interested in the game.
Speaking over the phone Pooja explained,
“There was one major reason behind liking Wushu. In this game punching is a part that is not allowed in Taekwondo. I started training Wushu under a Taekwondo coach in my village when I was only14 years old. Then it was 2005 when I took part in the state championship for the first time and lost in the preliminary phase. That defeat taught me a big lesson and after that defeat, I became firm to make my career with Wushu.”
Then Pooja Kadian passed in a trial at Wushu academy in Bhopal and stayed there for four years to master advanced training.
How Pooja Kadian spreading the Game
Pooja Kadian joined the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) in 2013 in the sports quota. The Wushu player who has left CRPF and joined SAI as a Wushu coach in Guwahati, explained,
“I feel pride whenever I see nowadays that a lot of girls have been coming and playing Wushu all over Haryana and even in my village. The people who used to criticize me and my family when I used to go out at 4 in the dawn for training and come back in the afternoon, have been sending their girls to the Wushu coaching centers. It gives me pleasure. Simultaneously, efforts are also on regarding the job in the state.”
The Wish of Pooja Kadian
Pooja Kadian has a regret of not being able to win medals in the Asian Games. Due to an injury problem, she could not participate in the Incheon Asian Games in 2014. So, in a bid to win a medal, Pooja has set focus on the Asian Games next year and for the preparation, she is also planning to go abroad for a month-training. Simultaneously, Pooja nourishes another wish. That is to introduce a Wushu academy in Haryana where modern infrastructure will be laid and the training at free of cost will be provided for the students.