Kickboxer Sushmita Rai won Bronze medal at the first edition of 2016 World Martial Arts Masterships. The inaugural tournament of International Masterships organised by World Martial Arts Masterships Committee (WMC), wrapped up its week-long event in the city of Cheongju, North Chungcheong Province of South Korea, on Thurday with over 1,900 athletes and officials from 81 countries competing in 17 disciplines including Kickboxing, Taekwondo, Judo and Kendo.
She was among the 12 member contingent of Team India. According to WMC press release, the second edition of the competition will be staged again in 2019 in South Korea and the exact host city to be announced later.
“We will continue building up the reputation of Martial Arts Olympics so athletes recognize and distinguish this sporting competition, and we are also working closely with World Taekwondo Federation and International Judo Federation to deliver that credentials”, Heo Keon-sik, a chief advisor of the event said.
Last year, the pugilist from the village of Kamarey Bhasmey, East Sikkim had also won a Silver Medal at the Asian Kickboxing Championship 2015 held in Pune, Maharashtra.