City girl Syeda Falak with 12 international and 15 national level wins, will now represent the country at the 13th AKF Senior Asian Karate Championship scheduled from to be held at Japan from 4 to 6 September.
Though Falak has been training in karate since childhood, having recently trained under renowned Kumite coach, Antonio Oliva from Spain at a camp conducted by Karate Association of India, has given the young sportspersons the much needed confidence prior to the international event.
“Sportspersons participating in international events should be provided with good facilities so that we can face mental and physical competition,” says the karateka. She rues that though the association selected her for the Japan tour, it has not been able to provide her other facilities, a coach and support team for the championship.
But she is glad to have got the opportunity to train under Antonio Oliva. “Since competition at international level is different, the advice and experiences of acclaimed coaches comes handy while approaching a particular team or competitor,” Falak asserts.