New Delhi: Union Minister of State for Youth Affairs and Sports Kiren Rijiju on Monday (June 7) extended his wishes to Sonam Malik, the youngest Indian woman ever to qualify for the Olympics. Rijiju tweeted, “Sonam Malik is the youngest Indian woman wrestler to qualify for the Olympics. She is training very hard with her teammates. My best wishes to @OLYSonam.”
— Kiren Rijiju (@KirenRijiju) June 7, 2021
Who is Sonam Malik?
Sonam Malik, 19 is an Indian wrestler who competes in the 62 kg category and qualified for the Olympics ahead of the 2016 Rio Olympics bronze medallist Sakshi Malik.
She hails from Madina village in the Sonepat district of Haryana.
Malik started her training under Ajmer Malik at the Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Sports Complex in Gohana, Sonepat.
She won her first medal at the National School Games in 2016.
In 2017, she won a silver medal at the Cadet National Championship followed by a gold at the World School Games.
Malik followed this up with two bronze medals at the Cadet Asian Wrestling Championship and the Cadet World Wrestling Championship in 2018.
In 2019, she went better in the Cadet World Wrestling Championship and won gold.
However, she came to the national limelight this year when she defeated Sakshi Malik twice. in January and February 2020n and booked her place for the Olympics ahead of the veteran.