Female arm-wrestler Paklu Taipodia, body building star from Arunachal Pradesh has qualified for Olympic Games by winning two medals in the International Health Sports & Fitness Festival (IHFF).
While representing India, Paklu competed with participants of 22 countries in International Women Physical Fitness of IHFF to secure the third position while a Chinese participant won the gold medal in the Asia’s largest B2B Fitness and Wellness Expo held at Pragati Maidan in New Delhi from 20th to 22nd July.
She also won a silver medal (female category, 50 kg to 60 kg), bronze medal (physical fitness) in the global event which concluded on late Sunday.
In all, 372 participated in the International Arm-Wrestling Championship (Sehru Classic), organized by Indian Arms Federation (IHFF).
Taipodia, with five gold medals and five bronze medals and startling performances in World Arm Sports Championships including Asia-Pacific Arm Sports at Guwahati in 2013, is a bright star from the State. However, she regretted that she took part in the event at her own expenses as there was no financial support from the State government. This prompted the present ruling government led by Chief Minister Pema Khandu to formulate a robust sport policy soon.
APCC president Takam Sanjoy said that such achievements has made her a role model and her achievements will encourage young sports persons to practice with commitment to win laurels for the State. ‘Such players should be encouraged and provided all sorts of incentives by the State government,’ the former MP said.