Know Roshibina Devi Naorem, the Wushu star

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In a remarkable display of skill and determination, Wushu star Roshibina Devi Naorem secured a medal for India in the Asian Games in Hangzhou.

On Monday, Roshibina stormed into the semi-finals of the women’s 60kg category in the Sanda discipline. She beat Aiman Karshyga of Kazakhstan in the quarter-final to confirm the first Wushu medal for India at this edition of the Games.

This will be the Manipur athlete’s second medal at the Asian Games, following a bronze in Jakarta in 2018.

Roshibina is the sole Indian representative in the women’s section of the Sanda category this year. In Wushu, both losing semi-finalists are awarded bronze medals.

Small town to Wushu Fame

Hailing from the town of Bishnupur in Manipur, Roshibina has defied odds and made her mark at the international stage. Her journey from a humble background to the Asian Games podium is a testament of her dedication and hard work.

Roshibina’s tryst with medals began in 2016, when she claimed a bronze medal at the junior world championship. She converted it into gold at the Asian championship next year. This earned her a place in the team for the Asian Games in 2018.

In 2018, where only fighters weighing less than 60 kgs were eligible, Roshibina showcased her prowess. She received a first-round bye, advanced to the quarter-finals, and secured a medal by defeating Mubashra Akhtar of Pakistan. In the semi-final, she lost to China’s Cai Yingying.

The 22-year-old’s achievement underscores the growing prominence of Wushu in India. Other than her, Santosh Kumar, Surya Bhanu Pratap Singh and Narender Grewal have also made a mark at the international level.

As we celebrate Roshibina’s performance, it is important to recognise her dedication. She is an inspiration to aspiring athletes.

Roshibina Devi

Event: Wushu (Sanda, 60kg)

Born on: December 30, 2000

State: Manipur

Current Coach: Prem Singh

NCC Coach: Rajesh Tailor

Major Achievements (before Hangzhou)

Gold in Wushu Star Championship in Moscow, 2023

Bronze in Asian Games 2018

Gold in Asian Junior Championships 2017

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