Judokas ready to represent India at Commonwealth ChampionshipSeptember 23, 2019, Pune
Renuka Salve (16) and Sonali Wajage (18) were born blind. The lack of eyesight, however, has not stopped the two judokas from reaching the pinnacle of their judo careers until now – representing India at an international tournament.
Salve and Wajage will take part in the Commonwealth Judo Championship at Walsall, Birmingham, UK, from September 25-29.
It is the first time female Pune judokas are part of an India squad and Salve and Wajage won their places in the national team after claiming gold medals at the recently held National Blind Judo championship.
Salve, born in Yedshi, Osmanabad; and Wajage from Rankhamb, Sangamner, are currently based at The Poona School and Home for Blind girls.
The girls began judo five years ago under coach Rachana Dhopeshwar.