Kashmira Choksi grabbed the first medal for India in the sixth Karate-Do Gojukai World Championship by winning a bronze in the individual women's Kata technique category here today.
Kashmira, a student of Vispy Kapadia, defeated Australia's Gail Marie in the first round, Hong Kong's Li Yuk Wah in the second and Namibia's Sabine Newman in the third to win the first medal for the hosts in the championship at the NSCI's Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Indoor Stadium in Worli.
In the men's category, Iran's Kavirada Zeh won the first gold medal of the tournament in the individual Kata technique. The silver medal in this category was also won by an Iranian, Mohmadi, while Brazil's Sabricio D'souza took home the bronze medal.
Nepal have come a long way
Nepal’s contingent of 60 karate players along with assistant coach Indra Bahadur Sahi came to Gorakhpur from Kathmandu travelling for almost 15 hours by bus.
After that, they travelled for 30 hours by train to reach Mumbai. In spite of this long and tiring journey, they participated in this championship with great enthusiasm.