Karate Kid Siri does it again

Wins gold at the international championship in Malaysia.

Published: 18th May 2017 06:03 AM  |   Last Updated: 18th May 2017 06:03 AM   |  A+A-

Adika Nagasiri Chandana

By Express News Service

HYDERABAD: Adika Nagasiri Chandana, the nine-year-old karate champ, is back in India after a fresh win at the 18th Milo International open karate tournament held at Malaysia between May 12-14. 

The Class III student who studied at  Dilsuknagar Public School at Karmanghat, has been practicing Karate since 2013 and has been participating in state, national and international tournaments winning gold, silver and bronze medals, consistently under the tutelage of her coach Samuel. Says Nagasiri, “Isn’t it cool that I could fulfill  my mom’s dream on Mother’s Day?”

Her mom Sudha Adika, who works for a financial solutions company in the city had accompanied Siri for her tournament. Her coach Samuel says that her determination and passion towards the sport made her succeed in every tournament she had participated in.

Last year, she had won a  silver medal in Sparing and Bronze medal in Kata in the 18th FSKA World Cup Shotokan Karate Championship in Mumbai in September. 

Free time: I love to spend my free time drawing, cycling and swimming

Her idols: Bruce lee  and Dr Abdul Kalam

Family and friends: I hail from a non-sporty family. My dad Venu Gopal is a digital analyst and mom Sudha is an IT professional. My grandparents are teachers.

Diet regimen: Four eggs for breakfast, dry fruits, fresh fruits and salads.  Six hours practice during holidays, four on other days

The balancing act: I am organised and manage to finish my  homework soon after school so that my evening is free for karate, which takes four hours of my time. I feel stressed out when I cannot focus on my studies. I want to excel in academics too. I am now in Class IV in AVN Vida International school

Big dream: Gold medal in 2020 Olympics

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