Preety Sarkar from Rai Bahadur Lane, Jorhat, has made Assam proud by winning gold medal at the Second National Martial Arts Games, NMAG held in May 2017 at Talkatora Indoor Stadium, New Delhi.
She will now represent the Indian Team for the upcoming 11th ‘World Martial Arts Games-2017’ at Florida, USA next month in September 2017 in under 45 kg weight category.
The 16-year-old started learning martial arts in 2014 under her father Bhaskar Sarkar, who is a senior Taekwondo instructor from Jorhat. She received her 1st Dan Back belt under her father in the year 2014. Sarkar won her debut medal (Silver) in the Sun-Jr Cadet in 2015 in the state-level inter-district Taekwondo tournament.
Preety, after winning the debut medal started to focus more on martial arts to win gold medal and thus succeeding in late 2015 State Level Inter-District Championship. Preety as of now has 6 gold medals (state level) and six gold medals (National Level) and besides several silver and bronze medals on her belt so far.
Presently studying in class XI (Arts) at Jorhat College, Preety always dreamt of winning a medal for Assam and India.
She is currently preparing for the upcoming International Tournament. Deep inside her mind was to contest on the floor and to win a medal for her country. Preety Sarkar started committing hard along with her father every day at her father’s club called Adarsh Nagar Taek-won-do club, Dewal Road, Jorhat spending 7-8 hrs every day for practice.
Deputy Commissioner, Jorhat – Virendra Mittal recently handed over a cheque for Rs 50,000 (Rupees Fifty thousand) given by State Level Advisory Committee (SLAC) for Students and Youth Welfare, Assam to Preety Sarkar on August 19, 2017.
As Preety Sarkar belongs to a poor family, several organizations, NGOs, Clubs, individuals, M.P. and M.L.A. Jorhat, teacher’s association of Jorhat College, etc have come forward and contributed in cash for her trip to Florida.
The Indian Taek-won-do contingent that comprises 12 players along with supporting staffs are leaving for Florida, USA on the first week of September 2017 where the event will commence on September 6 and end on September 10.