Nov 5, 2014: Manjot Gill, a trainee of the Sports Authority of India (SAI) Coaching Centre, has been selected for the Asian Youth and Junior Judo Championship to be held from December 11 to 14 at Hong Kong.
Manjot, a Class XI student of Ryan International School, will compete in the +70kg weight category in the U-17 section.
Prior to her participation in the mega event, Manjot will attend a preparatory camp to begin on November 7 at Aurangabad. Another judoka from the centre, Kiran, a student of the Khalsa College for Women, Civil Lines, Ludhiana, will also attend the camp. Manjot’s coach Parveen Thakur said she stood a good chance to win a medal in the upcoming event.
“She started attending the centre only three years ago and improved her game tremendously. She is a good prospect for the country,” said the coach. It was matter of great honour that after 12 years, a girl judoka from Ludhiana had been selected to take part in an international-level tournament, added Thakur.
Manjot won a silver medal in the Junior National School Games held at Delhi in January last year, besides a bronze medal in the Junior National Judo Championship at Dehradun in December.
On being asked to share her strategy for her first international event, she said, “I will give my best whether I win or lose. ”All praise for Kaur, her coaches at SAI Ludhiana, Rakesh Singh, Sonia and Praveen Thakur, said she was a hardworking sportsperson with a lot of patience.