At 7 when kids think which comic book they will purchase next, which candy they will eat during school break and which picnic spot they will visit on their next holiday, Bandipora’s child prodigy kickboxer Tajamul Islam dreams of winning laurels at the World Championships, slated for Andria, Italy, in November.
That too at a time when she took up the sport just a couple of years back. Right from the time she won her first gold medal as a five-year-old in a state-level competition in Jammu to the national sub-junior title in New Delhi last year, Tajamul’s meteoric rise has left sport enthusiasts in awe of her talent.
Tajamul, the daughter of a truck driver with an infrastructure company, has become the most-talked about sensation in the Valley in last few days and she wants to make her presence felt at a bigger platform by excelling at the world meet later this year.
“I went to Jammu two years back and clinched the gold medal with the award for the best boxer. My coach (Faisal Ali) spotted me from there. I wanted to be a good fighter and I am happy that I have become one. I train my heart out and it has paid dividends in last couple of years,” she told CN News 18 in an exclusive interview.
Like a child, who is little aware of world outside and challenges lying ahead, Tajamul has dreams of becoming a doctor and a policewoman simultaneously.
“I want to be a doctor and also a policewoman. But it's up to God’s will what I will become. Whatever He has destined me for, let be it,” said Tajamul.
Tajamul’s dream of making a name in kickboxing would not have been lived, had Army would have lent its support. While it bore the expenses of Tajamul’s training, it also admitted her in an Army school in Bandipora, 65 kms from Srinagar.
Tajamul’s father Ghulam Mohammad Lone acknowledges Army’s support. “Army has a 14 RR company here. There is an officer called Major Raghubir Singh. He told me that Army would bear all her training expenses.”
Tajamul’s coach Faisal also spoke highly of her ward and said that her confidence outsmarted children of her age when he first spotted her.
“I saw immense ability, calibre and potential in her. Her best trait was immense confidence. I had never seen such confidence in any of my trainees,” she said.
Tajamul comes from a state, where not many girls have earned their name in sports at national level. But her success may help her other girls to break shackles, take sports as a career, and make a mark in many disciplines.