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Leg impaired in bus crash, girl now kickboxing champ | India News


VADODARA: “Quit kickboxing. It may damage your leg forever.” Dinkal Gorkha, a city-based kickboxer, was pestered with this unsolicited advice by “well-wishers” for the last few months.
The 17-year-old girl, whose one leg is impaired, silenced her critics when she recently bagged the Gujarat championship in a kickboxing tournament in Vadodara.
Gorkha convincingly beat her opponent in the finals of the light-contact kickboxing in the President’s Cup. More than 100 players participated in various styles of kickboxing. “It’s a momentous moment for me. When I got into kickboxing five years ago, I never thought I would win the state championship. It has done wonders to my confidence,” Dinkal, who is fondly called “Dinku Boxer”, told TOI.
“Many people had advised me to not pursue kickboxing due to my partially damaged leg. I was slightly demotivated but I shed all my doubts and started preparing for the state championship four months ago. Once I enter the arena, my focus is only attacking the opponent and winning the game,” she added.
Gorkha’s leg was injured when the bus she was travelling in with her mother Shobha met with an accident in 2009. The portion above her left leg’s ankle was crushed and she has few muscles there. Her mother had to have both legs amputated and took to bootlegging to support her family. Gorkha, though, convinced her mother to quit this illegal business and make ends meet by doing a respectable job.
TOI had reported Gorkha’s kickboxing aspirations on March 15, 2022, following which she was flooded with calls offering help. The Baxi Education Trust sponsored the education expenses of Gorkha and her sister for three years along with her kickboxing coaching fees. The trust also donated a food stall to Shobha.
“My focus is now on playing in the nationals and then preparing for international tourneys,” she said. Gorkha’s coach, Siddharth Bhalegare, said, “She practices hard and goes that extra mile to ensure that she outperforms her opponents. Gorkha has a bright future.”
The 17-year-old girl, whose one leg is impaired, silenced her critics when she recently bagged the Gujarat championship in a kickboxing tournament in Vadodara.



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