There is not much I can add to this report in the Hindustan times today,
At the tender age of six (that’s right SIX), Kevin, the youngest kickboxing champion and blackbelt in India, is a natural fighter. And his long legs and lightening moves showcase the talent that could dominate the game for years to come.
Kevin Lalrinmawia, born in 2000 in a middle-income family in Mizoram’s capital, grew up with an obsession for stunts. His father Joseph understands, his mother Lalrinawmi is less than thrilled and his teachers feel this should not hamper his studies.
That should not be a worry as Kevin is one among the bright students in class II at Gospel Centenary School. He became a national sensation after winning three gold medals to become the youngest kickboxing champ of India in the just concluded 18th National Championship held in Orissa.
He was awarded the youngest ‘Dan black belt’ of the country by the Indian Association of Kickboxing Organisations (IAKO) in July 2005. Kevin now dreams to become the youngest kickboxing world champion one day.
“I’ve really been looking forward to stepping into the world kickboxing ring. I’ve trained hard and I want to win,” said a shy Kevin, preparing for the world championship to be held in Hungary this November.
He has also set his sights on another international level kickboxing event to be held in Croatia a month later. “I would show my talent in full contact, bare hand and weapons (musical forms) categories at the world level,” he added.
I hope DD sports telecasts this. The last time I checked they were showing reruns of the 2002 winter Olympics.