A statue of India’s first woman Olympian judoka, Lourembam Brojeshori Devi, was unveiled at the Manipur Olympic Association complex on Sunday. Minister for arts and culture L. Jayantakumar Singh, along with the president of the Manipur Judo Association M. Ratankumar Singh and others were present during the event.
Lourembam Brojeshori Devi, born on 1st January 1981 was an Indian judoka who competed in the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney. She was from Khagempalli Huidrom Leikai in Imphal West of Manipur.
Even though Brojeshori faced stiff opposition from her family members to pursue a career in sports, Brojeshori started off as a kabaddi player while she was a class VIII student. But she switched to judo the next year, following her teacher’s advice. She contacted several coaches, including SAI Imphal Coaches Sabitri Devi and M. Deven, to build her career from 1996.
Brojeshori had participated in 20 international and 16 national judo championships. She won three gold medals at the international level apart from one silver and three bronzes. She had participated in the Women’s Half-Lightweight category in the 2000 Olympic Games and reached the Semi-Finals against Liu Yuxiang of China.