2 Mumbai girls to represent India in Asian jr rhythmic gymnastics

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Mumbai, Nov 26 (UNI) Two city girls -- Kshipra Joshi and Sadichchha Kulkarni -- will represent India in the 10th Junior Artistics and Rhythmic Gymnastics Asian Championship to be held from November 27 to December 1 at Al-Fayha Sports Complex in Damascus, Syria.

India will be participating in the International Rhythmic Gymnastics championships for the first time, this year. The 10th Junior Artistics and Rhythmic Gymnastics Asian Championships will be organised by Asian Gymnastics Union and will be hosted by Syrian Gymnastics Federation, a release issued here today stated.

Both these girls are students of Varsha Upadhye (Shri Shiv Chhatrapati Rajya Krida Purskar Winner 1989-90). Varsha Upadhye, the first and the only Indian international judge for Rhythmic Gymnastics, will also be going with them to be a member of the jury panel, the release added.

In these championships, the age categories are: For Artistic Gymnastics 14 to 18 years for males and 13 to 15 years for females, and for Rhythmic Gymnastics, the age category is 13 to 15 years.

Both Kshipra Joshi and Sadichchha Kulkarni are very excited, as they are representing India on an international level for the first time. Their coach Varsha Upadhye said, ''We now see a ray of hope for Indian gymnasts on an international level. Rhythmic Gymnastics is a safe sport. One needs to be flexible but there's not much tumbling. The new generation likes music, dance, dressing up with right attitude. But we lack proper infrastructure.'' ''Rhythmic Gymnastics is basically an indoor game, so my students cannot practice outdoors, else their equipments will get ruined. We are, right now, somehow managing our practice at Shree Samarth Vyayam Mandir at Shivaji Park, Dadar. I want my students to be as perfect as possible as we are now aiming for 2010 Commonwealth Games to be organised in Delhi.'' UNI

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