SATS honors taekwondo couple for winning medals in UK

Hyderabad: Telangana State Sports Authority chairman Allipuram Venkateshwara Reddy on Tuesday congratulated Rajender and his wife Sumani on winning five medals in all at the British Taekwondo Championships held in Manchester, England, on Tuesday. March 12 and 13.

Rajender won a gold medal in the senior men’s Poomsae (under 50) category, before settling for a silver medal in the Kyorugi senior black belt category after losing to Delroy Palmer of the United Kingdom. The 42-year-old also won a bronze medal in the Poomsae category of the five-member Indian team and another bronze medal in the individual event.

Sumani, 32, won a gold medal in the senior women’s Poomsae category (under 40) at the same event.

The president of SATS said that Rajender’s family is all athletic, his wife is also a taekwondo martial artist. Both sons James and Laksh participate in inter-school competitions in chess (under 10), taekwondo and weightlifting (under 12). Rajender also holds the Guinness Book of World Records for the team category in the Full Contact Kicks category. Rajender has so far won more than 42 taekwondo medals including gold, silver and bronze medals.

Allipuram Venkateshwara Reddy congratulates Rajender and his wife and wishes them success in their careers as Taekwondo coaches and also to set an example for sports fans as an ideal sports family.

The event was attended by senior taekwondo master Ganesh, Ranga district secretary Reddy Suresh, wrestler Shiva and others.

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