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Garima Chaudhary is a 22-year-old judoka from Meerut in Uttar Pradesh who began competitive judo from the age of 11. Despite having started training in basketball, gymnastics and boxing earlier, Chaudhary showed more inclination towards judo. At the age of 14, she was selected for the Junior Asian Championships and in the same year she took part in the senior trials for the Commonwealth Judo Championships and qualified for the main event. In 2004, she participated in her first international event - the Commonwealth Judo Championships and then in the Senior Nationals. She won a gold medal at the 2007 Junior Asian Championships, followed by a silver at the 2008 edition and then a bronze in 2009. After Chaudhary won the gold at the SAF games held in Colombo, she put up an impressive gold medal winning performance in both the junior and senior categories at the Commonwealth Championships in 2008. She won the silver at the same event in 2009 and bagged the bronze at the Martial Art Games held in Bangkok the same year. She became the only Indian judoka to qualify for the 2012 London Olympics by finishing 7th at the Asian Judo Championships in Tashkent, Uzbekistan on the basis of the latest rankings released by the International Judo Federation. Before her qualification, she achieved 4 crucial points at the Warsaw World Cup for Women and is currently ranked 94th in the world.
JOC cuts funding to judo program
The Japanese Olympic Committee has cut funding for the All Japan Judo Federation and ordered it to take preventive measures as punishment for coachesâ€™ abusive training of female judokas.
Japan: Coach used violence on athletes
Japan's judo federation says head coach Ryuji Sonoda used violence against athletes at a training camp prior to the London Olympics.
Judo champion facing rape charge
Masato Uchishiba, a two-time gold medalist in judo, pleads innocent to rape charge in Japan.
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