Fat to Fit: Judoka Tulika Maan reduced 30 kgs on her way to CWG silver | Commonwealth Games 2022 News

BIRMINGHAM: Overweight with minimal mobility just a year ago, judoka Tulika MaanThe journey from shedding fat to winning silver at the Commonwealth Games is nothing short of sensational.
With the long list of Games decided a year ago, Tulika didn’t even make the cut because she could ‘barely move’.
“When the odds were decided a year ago, she was not one of the chosen players. She dropped her weight from 115kg to 85kg to get in shape. She weighs around 89-90kg at the moment” , said coach Jiwan Sharma, who is here with the Indian judo contingent, in a chat with PTI.
“There is still work to be done because judo at the Asian level is much more difficult compared to CTM“, added the coach.
The competition here isn’t as tough as the Asian Games, which are his next target, but the nearly six-foot athlete has worked exceptionally hard to fit into the 78-plus category.
Tulika is also training with coach Yashpal Solanki at the SAI center in Bhopal and after the medal ceremony on Wednesday dedicated her money to the coach and his mother, who is a cop in Delhi. Her father Satbir Maan was murdered when she was two years old.
“I didn’t come here for the money. Who knows what will happen next time I compete in CWG. I have to change the color of the medal. I can’t be happy with this performance
“I committed two fouls for not attacking and I tried to cover and it didn’t work,” Tulika said, inconsolable after the defeat.
She led the majority of the fight before Scotland’s Sarah Adlington pushed the Indian to the ground on her back to pull off an ippon move.
Indian judokas had gone to Spain to train before the CWG and if they had had more exposure trips, the result might have been different, Tulika believes.
She recalled the troubles she had to endure before joining the Indian team.
“I had a lot of problems getting here, but SAI stepped in. If I had had more training camps, the result would have been better,” she said.
Tulika started judo in 2006 before taking a break in 2011. Solanki took her under his wing and transferred her to Bhopal.
“I took a break in 2011 and made a comeback and went to Yashpal sir. He fixed my game. I was unfit that time, I’m still not fit enough. I thought just gold. The thought of not winning that made me cry after the fight.”
Tulika owes everything to her mother, a Delhi police cop.
“My mother is always here with me. We are a small family of three which includes my mother and my little sister. They encourage me all the time and are a big reason why I am here today”, a- she added.

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