A Coimbatore-based college student has bagged a gold medal in the 14th India National Open Karate Championship – 2021. S Ruban, an IIIrd year BCom student of CMS College of Science and Commerce, has over 30 medals in his kitty.
The boy, who bagged an international gold in the 12th Asian Level Open Karate Championship, is the son of an autorickshaw driver. He credits his achievement to his coach V Ravi Kumar of Ken I Kan Karate School, who has been training him for free for the last five years.
He didn’t expect gold in the over 18-year boy’s category as he had a mild fever, Ruban said. “I used some techniques to gain an advantage over my opponents. I managed to win five knockout rounds to bag the gold medal,” he told.
Ruban is eagerly waiting to get qualified for the All-India Independence Cup International Karate Championship in February. “I hope to get a government job, which will make me financially stable. I also want to take part in international events”.
He had earned the IInd place in the 19th National Open Karate Championship in the +18 boys category held in Udumalpet, IInd place in the South India Open Karate Championship – 2021 held in Paramakudi and IIIrd place in the State-level Open Karate Championship – 2021 held in Coimbatore.
The state government should support these talented youngsters by providing scholarships, jobs and training facilities. Without a doubt, they will make our country proud.
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