Submitted by alvin on Mon, 2016-05-30 14:15 Mysuru: Fifteen-year-old Deia S Urs who has second degree black belt in Karate and first degree black belt in kick-boxing will represent India in the K-1 girls category at the World Association of Kickboxing Organizations (WAKO) World Junior Kickboxing Championship to be held in Dublin, Ireland from August 27 to September 3. She is the first and the only girl from the state to represent India in Kickboxing at the WAKO World Championship. Recently, Deia had won a gold medal in the girls category (15-18) uears in the WAKO India national junior kickboxing championship which made her eligible for the world junior kickboxing championship, said Karnataka Kickboxing Association (KKA) General Secretary, C Ravi. Kick boxers, both boys and girls from all over the world including Africa, Asia, Pan-America, Europe and Oceania will be participating. WAKO India is the member of World Association of Kickboxing Organizations, which is affiliated to Sport Accord and International Games Association (IWGA) and International Olympic Committee (IOC). Deia has been conferred with ‘Prathibha Puraskar’ State Award for her exceptional achievement in the field of Karate. Shihan E S Kumar of Shuko Kai Shito Ryu Karate Do India of Chennai in Karate, Kobudo and Aikodo is her trainer. At present, Deia’s father Srinath Urs B S, who has Black Belts in both Karate and Kickboxing, is training her personally for the event.