No Mercedes: Nikhat Zareen wants to send her parents to perform Umrah with World Championship money

Nikhat Zareen had earlier said she would buy a Mercedes car with the prize money

By Newsmeter Network  Published on  27 March 2023 5:12 AM GMT
Nikhat Zareen

New Delhi: Contrary to her earlier plans of buying a Mercedes, newly-crowned two-time World Champion Nikhat Zareen now wants to send her parents to perform 'Umrah' with the prize money.

Nikhat won her second world championship title with a 5-0 win over Nguyen Thi Tam of Vietnam in the 50kg summit clash on Sunday. With the win, Nikhat becomes only the second Indian after the legendary MC Mary Kom to win the title of the prestigious tournament twice.

With the title she also received USD 100,000 winner's cheque and 'Thar' car gifted by sponsors Mahindra.

She had earlier said she would buy a Mercedes car with the prize money.

"I haven't thought about it. Last time I said I will get a Mercedes but since I have got a Thar as a gift so now I'm thinking of not getting a Mercedes. "I want to send my parents for Umrah because Ramazan is going on. I will talk to them about this at home," Nikhat, who belongs to a Nizamabad-based Muslim family, told reporters hours after her bout.

'Umrah' is a minor pilgrimage to the twin Muslim holy cities of Mecca and Medina.

A believer in thinking positively, Nikhat said she manifested her two world titles and Commonwealth Games title.

"Everyone has a success mantra. I visualise things. I like to think positively. I have written 'champion' and drew a gold medal on a sticky note and pasted it on my bed.

"Every day when I wake up, I see that. When I go to sleep, I see that. It motivates me to do well. I did that for the last world championships, the CWG and this time too." Nikhat has already qualified for the Asian Games, which is also an Olympic qualifier later this month.

"My next target is Asian Games which is a qualifier. I hope to qualify for Paris Olympics."

Inputs from PT

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