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Arunachal: Arm wrestler Onam Gamno to represent India at World Arm-wrestling Championship to be held at Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Onam Gamno said that she is preparing well to represent India at the World Armwrestling Championship 2023 to be held at Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia from 25th September 2023.

PASIGHAT  ( By Maksam Tayeng )- A 25 year old arm wrestler from the state, Onam Gamno, D/o Uke Gamno and Susur Gamno who hails from Ngopok village of Mebo Sub-Division here in East Siang District is all set to represent India at the World Arm-wrestling Championship 2023 to be held at Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia in between 25th September-1st October 2023.

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Speaking to this scribe from Guwahati, Ms Onam Gamno said that she is preparing well to represent India at the World Armwrestling Championship 2023 to be held at Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia from 25th September 2023. Having started her armwrestling career from January 2022 barely a year ago 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, Itanagar (Papum Pare district), Ms Gamno already won a couple of Gold medals. She stood 3rd position in All India Open Armwrestling Championship which was held on 26th November 2022 at Jorhat, Assam.

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“I got selected to participate in the national championship under Board of Control for Armwrestling in India (BCAI) in the month of May 2023 in Bangalore and won two gold medals in both right and left hand under 52kg categories. As being the gold medalist I have been selected for World Armwrestling Championship 2023 to represent India under International Federation of Armwrestling (IFA) to be held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia from 25th Sept to 1st October 2023”, said Gamno.

After doing my 10th and 12th (Science) standard from IGJ Govt. Hr. Sec. School, Pasighat during 2014-16, I did my B.Sc. Nursing from Northeast Nursing College of Health Science, Lekhi, Papum pare dist. And later after completion of my Nursing I was working as a Nursing officer in Apollo hospital Guwahati, she added.

While sharing about her interest in armwrestling, Gamno said, ‘I have had an interest in arm wrestling since my childhood. I always used to play in classrooms or wherever I got a chance just for fun but never knew that I would be able to come this far. I started working out in the gym from 2021.

Since then I gradually started knowing about armwrestling competition and its related opportunities nationally and internationally. I also did my Diploma in Personal Training and now I am working as a fitness trainer in the gym also, she added.

When asked about her vision and future plan, Gamno candidly said, ‘I want to start an Armwrestling training academy for my State. I have seen we have great potential in terms of sports and our genetics are the plus point that could outskirt us in national and international competition. But the main problem in armwrestling is the skill, the technicalities.

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We are lacking in technicalities because of the non-availability of training centres, equipment, coach etc. We don’t have a proper training centre for armwrestling. So my vision is to create a training centre for armwrestling, to provide proper coaching to our youths, to make them engaged in sport and along with that to build a great team in Arunachal Pradesh so that we could also make a count in national as well as in international games.

As a part of motivation to sportspersons like Ms Onam Gamno, the state government needs to come in support of youths like them by extending financial and other required logistic support so that they could bring more laurels to the state, said Mrs Susur Gamno, mother of Onam Gamno. Speaking to this scribe over phone from Ngopok village, mother of Onam said that they lack financially to support her daughter and any support from government and wellwishers would be a kind of helping hand to them at this hour.

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