Kerala Police Officer Wins Two Gold Medals in World Arm Wrestling Competition

When ASI Mini Raju won a district level arm wrestling match hosted here by the Kerala Police Association in 2018 after joining at the last minute, little did she know that four years later she would make India proud by winning double gold in the world Arm Wrestling Competition held in Turkey recently.

Another credit to her cap is that she also captained the 43-man Indian team that took part in the world sporting event, taking home 13 medals – three gold, five silver and five bronze – a catch that was a first for the land at the league, according to Raju.

Of the 13 medals, eight were won by arm wrestlers from Kerala, she added.

Every year India sent a contingent of 40-45 members to the competition and came back with one or two medals. This is the first time we have won so many medals. Also after 1979 I am the first to win double gold for the country at the event,” Raju told PTI.

Before entering the arm wrestling world, Raju was a state level athlete who competed in the 100 and 200 meter heats and won long jump and medals.

She joined the police force in 2001 and continued to participate in athletic events, Raju said. However, an accident in 2008 that damaged the ligament in her leg ended her athletic career.

In 2018, when she went to an arm wrestling match organized by the Kozhikode district unit of the Kerala Police Association, she decided to participate in the event and “probably because of my background in the sport I had the strength it took to get there.” to win”.

“After that, I competed in a district-level open arm wrestling match where I defeated several seasoned opponents and emerged as the champion and strong woman in the district,” she said.

From then on, there was no looking back and she won gold, in the right and left categories, at the state level competitions and then bronze at the national level, she said.

In just a short span of four years after starting in the sport, she led the Indian team at the World Arm Wrestling Competition, held in Turkey from October 14-23, where the country won 13 medals.

“All of this was possible thanks to the support of my family, especially my husband. He is the driving force behind me. He takes me to the Evolution Gym at 5 in the morning and then in the evening after our shift for the day is over. He also practices with me,” Raju said.

However, her husband, also an ASI, does not participate in the sporting event.

Raju’s coach is Roshith, who runs the gym where she practices and is also a national referee of the sport, she said.

(This story has not been edited by Devdiscourse staff and is automatically generated from a syndicated feed.)

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