Personality: Sangina Baidya
Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on February 13, 2012
First South Asian Qualified player for Olympics (Athens, 2004)
Sangina Baidya was the first Nepali player to qualify for Olympics, started playing taekwondo in 1991 and retired at the age of 34 with two South Asian Games (SAG) gold medals and a gold, a silver and a bronze in Asian Taekwondo Championship. Sangina would remain in taekwondo either as a coach or an official or a referee. Sangina Baidya was qualified for the Athens Olympics 2004.
Sangina have always felt that she did something for the nation; be it winning two gold medals in SAG or Her journey from bronze to gold in Asian Taekwondo Championship or becoming a first player to qualify for the Olympics.
On her retirement, the Baidya Group of Organizations awarded her with a Toyota Yaris to honor her achievement. The award was arranged on the effort of Nepal Taekwondo Association and grant provided by the government. President of the Baidya Group of Organizations Suraj Baidya handed her the key of the car. She became the third Nepali player to be awarded with a car after footballer Hari Khadka and Upendra Man Singh.
She won gold in the 12th Asian Taekwondo Championship (ATC) in 1996 in Australia, silver in 11th ATC-Philippines, and a bronze in 14th ATC Hong Kong-2000. She also bagged gold in the 8th SAG in Kathmandu and 9th SAG in Islamabad.
Out of 10 major national level participations in between 1992 and 2001, she won gold each in all of them and in her 20 international level participations Baidya bagged 10 golds, a silver and three bronze medals. She is also the quarter finalist of the 12th World Taekwondo Championship held at the Philippines in 1995.
Now she is working as a senior coach of the National Sports Council (NSC), also a five-dan black belt. She thanked her family members, Nepal Taekwondo Association, other sports bodies and all fans for supporting her and coach Deep Raj Gurung.
Sangina was born to Achut Nanda Baidya and Nirmala Baidya at Bidur Municipality-9 of Nuwakot, dedicated her achievements to her family. She would like to dedicate her achievement in sports to her parents for letting her to be active in the field of sports at a time when there was a mentality that one would be bad (bigranchha) if she gets involved in sports.”
She Said ”To qualify for the Athens Olympics and to win a gold in the ATC were the happiest moments of my life, But I was not able to participate in the Bangkok Asia during 1998 as I was recovering after a bike accident and that was the worst moment of my life. I am also very sorry for not being able to bring any medal home during the Athens Olympics.”
(Sangina Baidya in Red Chest pad(Hogo)
She won several prestigious awards –
- NSJF best player of the year award in 1996
- NSJF best player of the year award in 1997
- NSJF best player of the year award in 2003
- Best player of the year award from Nepal Taekwondo Association in 1994
- Best player of the year award from Nepal Taekwondo Association in 1996
- Outstanding taekwondo player from National Sports Council in 1995
- Best player of the year award from the Ministry of Youth and Sports in 1997
- Best youth award in 1997
- TrishaktiPatta and many more — during her career as a taekwondo player.
Sangina Baidya’s int´l achievements
DGHC Int´l Taekwondo India 1993 Gold
Asian Taekwondo Championship Philippines 1994 Silver
UPM Int´l Taekwondo Championship Malaysia 1995 Gold
Asian Taekwondo Championship Australia 1996 Gold
World Taekwondo Championship Hong Kong 1997 Quarter finalist
SAG Games Nepal 1999 Gold
Asian Taekwondo Championship Hong Kong 2000 Bronze
SAG Games Pakistan 2004 Gold
Athens Olympics Greece 2004 Qualified