I am a young female boxer from South Kashmir’s Pulwama district. I became first Kashmiri woman to fight at senior nationals held in Bhopal.
Shariya Manzoor (21), a resident of Nehama village in Kakapora, is pursuing her Bachelor’s from Government Degree College Pulwama.She made it to pre quarter finals where she lost to world champion holder boxer.
Shariya Manzoor she could have performed better had there been such infrastructure. In Kashmir players have to buy items required for practice in boxing themselves and Manzoor believes she can do wonders, if sports department along with sports fraternity will support her.
“I didn’t win any round in pre-quarters. My valour and techniques were praised by everyone. I was also praised for wearing Hijab during the game, by other players of the group”.
Becoming first woman to reach pre-quarters in National Championship is not a little thing. I don’t want to stop here as I want to compete in more mega stages and prove my mettle, Shariya said.
“Our woman are very much talented and can do wonders in any field with support”, she said.
“Lack of infrastructure here is becoming an obstacle for our dozens of youth especially girls interested in martial arts and other sports. We are forced to choose some other field”, Shriya said.
“My dream is to reach to the international stage and perform well in mega events. I want support from the government so as to prove my mettle,” she said.
She said that she is practicing hard and learning some art forms along with boxing at the Lion’s Den academy in Pulwama.She is hopeful that she will participate in mega international events as well as showcase her skills.
” I have won six medals at national level in different martial arts”.