Imphal (Manipur), Mar. 18 (ANI): 23-year-old Yumlembam Sapna Devi, who hails from Irilbung Village of east Imphal, is amongst the gold medalists of Manipur at the recently concluded South Asian Games in Guwahati and Shillong
Born to late Yumlembam Sanatomba Singh and Yumnam Ongbi Jamini, Sapna Devi bagged a gold medal after scoring 9.45 pts in the women Wushu Taulu (Changquan) competition.
Sapna Devi had also participated in various national and international level Wushu championships
All together, she has won 37 Gold, 7 Silver and 2 Bronze medals in the National and International Wushu Championships in her career.
“I feel very good and happy. Before, I had already played at World Championship, Asian Games, Asian Championship, State and National level but this is my first time that I played at SAG So, I feel very good,” said Sapna Devi.
Belonging to a poor family, Sapna Devi had to struggle a lot to reach where she is at present and her family is happy for her achievements.
Currently, she is also undergoing her post graduation.
“I felt very happy when we heard the news because she had faced so many hardships during her training but at last she has achieved her goal so, that made us more happy and it is a proud moment for all us,” said Sapna Devi’s mother Yumlembam Ongbi Jamuna Devi.
“At her very tender age, she Joined Gymnastic which later she was introduced to Wushu since then she never turned back and started her journey,” Jamuna Devi added.
Wushu coach Sachidananda Mayanglambam said the players from Manipur have won many gold medals at national level in different categories like junior, sub – junior and senior level.
“Even at the international level, Manipuri players have won many medals. Recently, three of them have been selected for the Arjun award,” Mayanglambam said.
Sports in northeast indeed has created a history with number of young and budding talent bringing glory not only to north east but to the entire country. (ANI)