Ms. M. Ilakkiya, a class seven student, born in Pilimisai remote village, Perambalur district recently won a gold medal in the International Karate Championship held at Malaysia. Ilakkiya in the first week of May participated in the Ipoh city International karate championship 2019 and Okinawa Karate Championship – 2019 and won the gold medal in the KATTA and FIGHT category for under 17 years defeating her rival from Canada. Her parents Mr. Murugantham and Mrs. Geetha are now residing at Chennai and working as a daily wageworker at Koyambedu whole sale market.
To honour her achievement, Dr. T.R. Paarivendhar, Founder Chancellor, SRM Group of Institutions handed a cheque of 3 lakh rupees and wished her a good luck for her future achievements. “Karate will be added as one of the event in 2020 Olympics which is to be held at Tokyo, Japan. The young champion Ilakkiya is under age to participate in 2020, But I wish she should win the gold medal and bring laurel to our country in 2024 Olympic which is to be held at Paris, France”, he quoted.