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Deia urs wins Bronze at All India Inter University Karate Championships for the 2nd time

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Mysuru: All India Inter University KarateChampionships 2022-2023was held from January17thto 22ndthis year at the BharathraiIndoor Stadium, Atal Bihari Vajpayee University, Bilaspur, Chhattisgarh. More than 2000 karatekas from 174 universities all over India took part is this very prestigious championships. University students aged only between 21-25 years can participate in this tough competition.

Selections was based on trials conducted by the respective university sports authorities, and only first place winners in each category were chosen to represent their respective university. The championship was divided into Men & Women Individual Kata, Individual Kumite, and Team Kata & Team Kumite Categories.

Last year’s bronze medalist, City’s State No.1 ranked karate kata champ Deia S Urs, who is pursuing her Masters in Journalism and Mass Communication in Manasagangotri, University of Mysore,took part in this championship for the second time this year.

A total of 106 females took part in the individual kata category. They were divided into 8 pools consisting of 13 to 15 players in each pool. Only the top 4 players in each pool qualify for the next round and, after 4 rounds of competition eliminations, 4 players each from the remaining 2 pool qualify for the semi-final bouts.

Deia Urs of University of Mysore managed to enter the semi-finals by securing top positions in all her preliminary bouts. Faced by a very stiff competition from her opponent, in the semifinals, she lost to MesomSinghiof Guru Kashi University by a narrow margin of 0.6 points. While MesomSinghisecured 22.40 points, Deia Urs could manage only 21.80 points.

In the bronze medal bout, Deia Urs secured 24.00 points and defeated her opponent Nidhi Singh of Pataliputra University, who secured 20.00 points, thus clinching Bronze for University of Mysore in the women’s individual kata category for the second time. Deia Urs is the first and the onlykarateka from Karnataka to win a medal in the individual kata category for the 2nd consecutive time.

Deia Urs will be representing University of Mysore at the Khelo India Games University Games to be held at Lucknow in March 2023. Top 8 finishers in their respective categories at the All India Inter University Karate Championships are eligible to compete at the Khelo India Games.

Deia Urs is trained by her father B. S. Srinath Urs, a certified karate trainer. Both practice under All India Shito Ryu Karate Do Union PresidentKyoshi. C. S. Arun Machaiah, who is also the President of South India Karate Do Federation and Akhila Karnataka Sports Karate Association recognized by Karnataka Sports Authority.

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