Indian Wushu stalwart Poonam Khatri has claimed World Championship status after her silver medal at the Wushu World Championship last year has been upgraded to a Gold medal.
Poonam had lost the final to Iranian opponent Mariyam in the Women's 75 kg category but after Mariyam recently failed the dope test, the gold medal has been awarded to Poonam Khatri. The information was clarified by Secretary General of the Indian Wushu Association, Suhel Ahmed.
Poonam over the years has acquired a reputation for being an all round consistent performer at the national and international level. In addition to her recent World Championship heroics, the 33 year old who hails from Haryana's Jhajjar district, also won a gold medal in the 2019 South Asian Games and is also a 10 time National Champion.
On her silver medal being upgraded to Gold, Poonam commented, "It is a huge honour for me. It only makes my memories of the World Championship sweeter. This wouldn't have been possible without the support of SAI, Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju, Wushu Association of India, coaches, family and friends. It takes a lot of sacrifice to receive the title of World Champion. I'm so happy because my daughter is really proud of this achievement and she is my biggest inspiration."
Khatri got a job through sports quota in the Sashastra Seema Bal, an arm of India's Central Armed Police Forces, and has won medals at all-India police boxing tournaments. She also won a gold medal at the 2013 World Police Games.