Mysuru, December 4:-Deia S Urs , a 1st PUC student of Vidya Vardhaka Sangha Golden Jubilee Pre-University College, won gold in the senior female individual kata Category in the 9th State Senior Karate Championships held at Jain University, Bengaluru recently.
The championship was organised by Akhila Karnataka Sports Karate Association (AKSKA) which is recognized by Sport Authority of Karnataka and Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports. AKSKA is affiliated to Karate Association of India (KAI), which is recognised by Indian Olympic Association and International Olympic Committee.
Around 200 participants took part in the tournament which was divided into two main categories – 16 years and above kata (male & female) and 18 years and above kumite. Kumite was further divided into seven weight categories for men and six weight categories for women. New WKF rules were followed in the championship.
In the quarterfinals, Deia defeated Pragati Pai 5-0, and in the semi-finals, she defeated G.K. Shreedevi by the same margin. In the finals, she beat B. H. Nayana 5-0 to clinch the gold medal. Deia is the youngest girl from the state to represent Karnataka at the KAI Senior National Championships. She is the only girl representing Karnataka in the individual female Kata at the 2018 Senior National Championships.
Around 14 karatekas, including five women and nine men, will represent the state at the Karate Association of India Senior National Championships to be held at Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Indoor Stadium, Kolkata on January 13 and 14 next year.
Deia, who has a second degree KAI black belt, is presently trained by her father B. S. Srinath Urs, who has a Diploma in karate from Tamil Nadu Physical Education & Sports University. Both practice under Shuko Kai Shito Ryu Karate Do India head Sensei E S Kumar and All India Shito Ryu Karate Do Federation president and KAI vice-president Shihan C S Arun Machaiah. (MR).