After winning gold medal in world kick-boxing championship in sub-junior category held in Italy early this month, Tajamul Islam, 7, reached her home in Muslin Abad area of north Kashmir's Bandipora district on Sunday afternoon.
Tajamul was accorded a warm welcome amid claps and cheers by her neighbours, friends and relatives who lined up waiting for her arrival. However, no official from the district administration was present to welcome Tajamul. She was showered with sweets and rose-petals and was accompanied by her friends, neighbours and relatives in a rally to her home amid slogans.
Tajamul's relatives and neighbours expressed disappointment over the absence of district administration during her welcome ceremony. "She not only made Kashmir proud but India as well by winning gold medal in world kick-boxing at international level. At least there should have been someone from the district administration to welcome her. It was a proud moment for the whole district as she has won gold medal in world championship but unfortunately no official turned up to even welcome her," said Ghulam Rasool, Tajamul's maternal uncle.
He said that from Army Chief to Chief Minister of the State everyone appreciated and celebrated her success but in her home district none of the officials came forward to receive her.
"It gives me immense joy to be back home. I have even forgotten the joy of winning the gold medal after reaching home. It's happiest day of my life sharing such a big success with my family members especially with my sisters. I missed my family a lot," she told reporters at her residence.
She said that she would continue her journey by playing kick-boxing in junior and sub-junior categories at national and international level as well.
"Every opponent was tough to beat especially the last one from United States. I thought I have to make Kashmir proud and I beat her. I am so happy that I made the whole country proud by winning gold medal," she said.
Tajamul also praised and thanked her coach Irshad Ahmad who is also her Physical Education Teacher at her school-Army Goodwill School Bandipora. She said that Irshad sir is the person behind her success as he trained her all these years in kick-boxing and martial arts.
Eight-year old girl, Tajamul Islam bagged gold medal in the sub-junior category at the World Kickboxing Championship in Italy.
Earlier, Tajamul was felicitated by Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti and Governor N N Vohra in Jammu.
She received a cash reward of Rs 1 lakh and Rs 50,000 from Mehbooba Mufti and NN Vohra respectively.