Express press service
KADAPA: Patnam Vatsalya Shree of Proddatur has become a teen karate prospect to be reckoned with, in addition to excelling in studies. The 17-year-old is a black belt in taekwondo and skilled in the kumite and kata aspects of karate.
Vatsalya, who aspires to become a doctor, lost her father Patnam Srinivasulu last year. Srinivasulu, an LIC agent who also practiced numerology to lead his family, was very supportive of his two daughters Sarha and Vatsalya. Sarha, Vatsalya’s older sister, is studying second year BDS course in Vijayawada.
From childhood, Vatsalya is very interested in extracurricular activities. When she was in Class IV, Vatsalya showed keen interest in learning taekwondo and her father Srinivasulu took the girl to martial arts instructor N Dayakar. She has won 25 medals in several state and national level martial arts tournaments so far.
The taekwondo star wants to win an Olympic medal
Vatsalya, an intermediate BiPC student, wants to participate in the Olympics and bring a medal to the country.
After her father died last May from heart disease, she was depressed. But, she became normal in a short time.
Now, she is determined to shine in taekwondo on the international stage to fulfill her father’s dream. However, she faces financial constraints to realize her dream.
Vatsalya met with Sports Minister Muttamsetti Srinivasa Rao who was asking for government help and got some assurance. Vatsalya won a gold medal in the International Mathematics Olympiad in 2013. She also won a gold medal in the Abacus Level 2 exam in 2014. She earned a bronze medal in the National Astronomical Olympiad and was selected for the NASA Tour. However, she was unable to participate in the tour due to health issues.
In 2017, she won a bronze medal at the state level karate championship. In the national karate championship held in Kerala in 2017, she won a silver medal. She entered her name in the Guinness Book of Records by participating in a kata tournament in Nellore. In 2017, she also won a gold medal in kumite. At the first open karate championship, she got a bronze medal in kata.
Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, she did not participate in karate events for two years. Last September, she won a gold medal at the state level karate championship. “My father is my inspiration and I want to fulfill his dream. I am determined to become a doctor and win an Olympic medal in taekwondo,” she said.