Patna girl makes it to international martial art contest

City girl Nikita Sinha will represent India in the Junior World Pencak Silat Championship-2018 to be held at Songkhla Rajabhat University in Thailand from April 23 to 29.
A Class XII student of Loyola High School (LHS), Nikita took her board exams this year. At present, the 17-year-old is attending a preliminary coaching camp at Sher-i-Kashmir Stadium in Srinagar which will conclude on April 20. She was selected after several matches and practice sessions and is confident that she will perform well.

Pencak silat — a class of related Indonesian martial arts — is duly recognized by the Union Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports, Sports Authority of India and Jammu and Kashmir State Sports Council.

According to sources, of the 150 students, who were selected for the coaching camp in Srinagar, only 21 (including Nikita) will represent India in the next round in Thailand.

“If I win a gold or silver medal in Thailand, I will be shortlisted for the 18th Asian Games-2018 to be held at Jakarta in August. This is the second time that I am representing India at the international level. I’m excited and happy,” Nikita said.

Source: TNN