Krida Prabodhini’s Tanvin makes a statement with gold

Sports Reporter
Tuesday, 15 January 2019

“I was shortlisted in 2011 and a year later allotted judo as the sport to pursue,” explains Tanvin, who hails from Bhudgaon village in Sangli.

PUNE: Krida Prabodhini resident judoka Tanvin Tamboli always wanted to break away from the educationist and business family that she was born into.

Encouraged by her father Rafik, the Sangli-born girl rode on her interest in sport to claim the biggest medal of her career - a gold medal in the Under-21 70-kg category at the Khelo India Youth Games 2019 here.

Tanvin’s best performance prior to the KIYG gold was silver at the School Games Federation of India Nationals in New Delhi 2013-14 and bronze in the 2017 Youth and Junior Nationals in Jalandhar.

Her win was also a bold statement. “Many in my own community did not like my taking to sport. There was hardly any encouragement. It was a fight to even participate, leave alone do well.”

Tanvin’s tryst with judo began six years ago, when she was shortlisted after getting through the battery of tests that the state government has adopted to select sportspersons across Maharashtra.

“I was shortlisted in 2011 and a year later allotted judo as the sport to pursue,” explains Tanvin, who hails from Bhudgaon village in Sangli.

Shifting base to Pune, Tanvin says, was a blessing as it took her away from the orthodox atmosphere of her neighbourhood. She now trains under Madhushree Desai in Pune.

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