City’s Deia Urs won gold medal in the Senior Female Individual Kata at the 26th National Karate Championship organised by All India Shitoryu Karate Do Union (AISKU) at St. Philomena’s College Indoor Stadium in city recently.
She will now be representing India at the 10th Shitoryu Karate Do International Championship to be held at Jakarta, Indonesia, in September this year.
Around 800 karatekas all over the country had taken part in the National Championship. In the pool of 15 participants, Deia Urs entered the finals by securing highest points (24.50) along with Agnes Ashlyn of Kerala (23.80), Varsha of Hyderabad (23.50), Samiksha of Tamil Nadu (22.00), Sahana or Maharashtra (22.00) and R. Greeshma (21.90).
In the finals, Deia Urs held on to her top position and won the gold medal by securing 25.10 as against her opponent Agnes Ashlyn’s 24.80 who took the silver. The bronze was shared by Varsha & Samiksha with 23.90 & 23.50 scores respectively.
This is the second time Deia Urs will representing India at Shitoryu International Championships. At the APSKF Championship held at Jakarata in 2018, Deia had won a Bronze medal.
Deia Urs, who is doing her Master’s in Journalism & Mass Communication in Manasagangothri, University of Mysore, holds 4th Degree Black Belt in Karate (Shitoryu). She is trained by her father B.S. Srinath Urs. Both practice under AISKU & AKSKA President Kyoshi C.S. Arun Machaiah.