Two judokas, trainees of Sports Authority of India, Ludhiana, will be representing Punjab in the upcoming National Federation Cup Judo Championships 2013-14, which is scheduled to begin from March 27 in Andhra Pradesh.
Varsha Rai and Tavaitha have been selected for the upcoming Judo championship.
The trials were conducted by the Punjab Judo Association in Jalandhar on Sunday wherein nearly 60 judo players (girls) turned up to give their shot.
Elated over getting selected and representing the state for the first time in federation cup, the 22-years-old Varsha Rai, who originally hails from Patiala, said: “I had prepared well in advance for these trials and today I have no words to explain my happiness. This is the biggest opportunity I have got so far in my entire career of 8 years. I will return with a medal.”
Rai, who has won a silver medal in the All India Inter University Judo Championship last year held at Chandigarh in 52kg category, further said: “I will be competing in the same category (52kg) this time also. I am grateful to my coaches - Rakesh and Praveen sir ji, who brought out best in me. The best thing about the coaches is that they devote time for every individual player.”
The 17-year-old Tavaitha, who will be playing her first senior national judo championship, said: “I am extremely happy to be selected in the trials. My two elder sisters are international judo players and currently employed with Uttrakhand police, I drew all my inspiration from them.”
Tavaitha competes in 48kg weight group and is currently practicing at the National Institute of sports (NIS), Patiala. Tavaitha said: “After winning a bronze medal in the Junior National Judo Championship held at Dehradun, this would altogether be different and bigger platform for me and I am well prepared to give my best at the federation cup.”
Rakesh, the judo coach with SAI, said: “It is always a special feeling when your effort pays off. I will not be accompanying players to the venue of federation cup but I wish both of them good luck. I am very confident that they will earn glory to the state.”