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Posted at: Jan 3, 2018, 1:51 AM; last updated: Jan 3, 2018, 1:51 AM (IST)

Hearing impairment no deterrent for Mallika

Wins national championship for deaf

Tribune News Service

Jalandhar, January 2

Mallika Handa has won the 20th National Championship for the Deaf, held from December 27 to 31 at Jabalpur in Madhya Pradesh.

This is her fifth consecutive win in a row.

She may not have heard the deafening cheers of the spectators witnessing her entry into the history books, but had felt their sense of pride in her achievement when she became the first girl of the country to win a gold medal in the International Deaf and Dumb Chess Championship held from August 8 to 14 at Mongolia in 2015.

An elated mother Renu Handa said the win had made her daughter stronger and dedicated in the sphere of life.

Mallika has also the unique distinction to be the only girl from Punjab to have represented the state nine times in a national championship.

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