New Delhi: At a time when Kashmir is struggling with showdowns and curfews, positive news has come from the valley.

An eight-year-old girl from a small village in Bandipora, has won a gold at the just-concluded World Kickboxing Championship that was held in Italy.

Tajamul Islam, a native of Tarkpora village, beat her opponent from United States to clinch gold at the sub-junior level.

The girl’s mentor and Coach Fasil Ali told Hindustan Times that the feat makes Tajamul the world’s youngest kickboxer to win an international gold.

“The sub-junior level closes at 14 years of age. Tajamul was the youngest in the category,” he said.

Former chief minister Omar Abdullah tweeted about the news and congratulated Tajamul for her victory.

Coach Fasil said Tajamul went to him for training when she was very young.

“The girl came to me when she had just passed her upper kindergarten,” he said.

“We lacked even the basic infrastructure. Yet, she won gold,” he added.