World Armwrestling Championship | Arm wrestler Gamno to represent India  

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PASIGHAT, Sept 19: Arm wrestler Onam Gamno, 25, D/o Uke Gamno and Susur Gamno of Ngopok village of Mebo sub-division in East Siang district is all set to represent India at the World Armwrestling Championship, 2023 to be held at Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia during Sept 25 to Oct 1 next.

Speaking to this scribe from Guwahati, Gamno said that she is preparing well to represent India. Having started her career since January 2022 besides working as a nursing officer at Guwahati-based Apollo Hospital after completing her B.Sc. (Nursing) from Northeast Nursing College of Health Science, Lekhi, she has won a couple of gold medals. She stood 3rd  in All India Open Armwrestling Championship held at Assam’s Jorhat on 26.11.22.

“I got selected to take part in the national championship under Board of Control for Armwrestling in India (BCAI) in May last in Bangalore and won two gold medals in both right and left hand under 52-kg categories. I being gold medalist have been selected to represent India in the world event

While sharing her interest in armwrestling, she said, ‘I have had an interest in arm wrestling since my childhood. I always used to play in classrooms or whenever I got a chance just for fun, but never knew that I would be able to come this far. I started working out in gym since 2021. I gradually started knowing on armwrestling competition and its related opportunities nationally and internationally. I also did my diploma in personal training and now working as a fitness trainer in the gym, she said.

When asked about her future plan, Gamno said, ‘I want to start an armwrestling training academy in my state. I have seen great sports potential in our genetics which is a plus point. But the main problem is the skill, the technicalities. We are lacking in technicalities because of lack of training centres, equipment, coach etc. We don’t have a proper training centre for armwrestling. So I wish to set up a training centre for armwrestling to offer proper coaching to our youth to engage them in sport and build a great team in Arunachal Pradesh to win laurels in national and global events.

As a part of motivation to sportspersons like Gamno, the GoAP needs to support them by extending financial and required logistic to achieve the goal, said Gamno’s mother Susur Gamno.

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