Itanagar: Rupa Bayor from Upper Subansiri district of Arunachal Pradesh has brought laurels to the state and the country by winning a bronze medal in the female senior 1 Poomsae event at the 8th Croatia Open International Taekwondo Championships. She became the first Indian female athlete to win any medal at a G2 event of World Taekwondo (WT). She also bagged a silver medal in the senior pair Poomsae division by teaming with another Indian player, Rahul Jain.
“I am happy playing at my first WT G2 event and starting with a bronze and silver medal,” Rupa Bayor, who hails from Sippi village in Upper Subansiri district, said. “I am sure of improving my medal colour to gold at the Canada Open and World and Asian Championships,” reports Echo of Arunachal.
“Rupa has been a find for taekwondo in India and is a clear potential for India at the upcoming Asians Games and World Championship. We all are proud of what she has done in Croatia and are sure she will be dominating the International circuit sooner than later if our federations, sports ministry and other stakeholders continue their support,” her coach Abhishek Dubey said.
Earlier in 2019, Rupa won a silver medal at the 13th South Asian Games held in Kathmandu, Nepal. Meanwhile, the Arunachal Taekwondo Association has extended its hearty congratulations to Rupa Bayor on her great achievement in such a high-level event and making the state and country proud. The Association wished her all the best for her future endeavours.