Aruna Mishra with daughter Sonakshi on Friday
Jharkhand struck its solitary gold medal on the ultimate day of the 62nd All India Police Wrestling Cluster Championship in Hotwar, Ranchi, courtesy a bullish boxer mom from Jamshedpur.
Aruna Mishra, a pugilist of national and international distinction who returned to the ring after a two-year baby break, pounded her pancontinental rival from Haryana to win the yellow metal in the 69kg final on Thursday. The 34-year-old defeated 2010 Asian Games gold winner Kavita 23-13 to clinch the title and keep her birthday gift promise to toddler daughter Sonakshi.
Arunaís sister Taruna, who lost the semi-final round in the 81kg category to J&Kís Lhalida Banoo, added the single bronze to the home kitty, taking the medal tally to five including three wrestling silver. While Jharkhand finished ninth, CRPF topped the medal chart with 58.
Chief minister Hemant Soren, who was the chief guest on closing day, said his government had grand plans to boost the stateís sporting future
I returned to the ring after a long time and wasnít very confident. But, the first bout bolstered my confidence and I knew I would bring Jharkhand glory.
My daughter is the happiest
Aruna Mishra, boxer
|Chief minister Hemant Soren gives away the
champions trophy to BSF in men’s judo
For the past couple of years, Jharkhand Police have been holding great games.
First, it was the all-India hockey meet in 2011; then an archery event last year; and now, this wrestling cluster championship. This is a good sign
chairman of All India Police Sports Control Board
We have grand plans to boost sports in the state. We will soon launch a talent hunt and hone the skills of budding players
GUEST LIST: Among the 3,000-strong audience there were some prominent faces like home secretary N.N. Pandey, DGP Rajeev Kumar, cabinet ministers Dadai Dubey, Haji Hussain Ansari, HRD minister Geetashree Oraon, chief secretary R.S. Sharma and ADG, Jharkhand Armed Police, K.N. Choubey